Traditional VS. Simplified Chinese Characters

Taking a Chinese course in China is a huge commitment. Here we have some answers to questions you might face when beginning your journey! One of them is: what type of characters you have to choose to learn? Traditional vs Simplified Chinese characters? Let’s have a look at the difference between them.

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Traditional VS. Simplified Chinese Characters

What is the difference between traditional and simplified Chinese characters?

First of all, simplified Chinese characters can usually be seen in Mainland China and Singapore. As for traditional ones, people commonly use them in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Therefore, whether you should choose to study in China simplified Chinese or traditional Chinese really depends on where you are going to stay.

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The simplified form and the traditional form of a Chinese character still look similar to each other. Therefore, if you know how to write a certain character in its simplified form, it won’t be difficult for you to recognize its traditional form when you see it.

Traditional VS. Simplified Chinese Characters

Which type of Chinese to learn? Mainland Mandarin vs. Taiwanese Mandarin

Some foreigners choose to go to study Chinese abroad in Taiwan to pursue their career. Which is also a good choice. Although people in both Mainland China and Taiwan speak the standard Chinese (putonghua), there are still a couple of differences between “Mainland Chinese” and “Taiwanese Chinese”.

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