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  •  My mother teaches mandarin at a private school (2+ / 0-)
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    wu ming, penguins4peace

    And a few years back, when the first wave of young americans started seeking their fortunes in China, a number of her former students wrote her back and complained to her- all that chinese that they dutifuylly studied in school didn't look anything like the chinese characters they saw in China!

    Nowadays she teaches the simplified font to the students. Of course, the funny thing is- a lot of mainlanders are starting to use the complex fonts more and more (storefront signs for example).

    •  it's way better to start with the traditional one (0+ / 0-)

      once you know them, the simplifcations have a certain logic to them, sound or calligraphic or otherwise. if you start with simplified, you end up scriptically crippled, and it's ten times the effort to deduce how to complicate a given character.

      of couse these days, kids just type it in roman letters and use the computer to select the right character. huge mistake, if you ask me (nobody does).

      surf putah, your friendly neighborhood central valley samizdat

      by wu ming on Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 07:27:15 PM PST

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