is it even posible to learn them all?!Glenn said:If you count all of the characters throughout history then about 70,000 or so.
Glenn said:The government says that 3500 are what you need to be literate (Chinese version of the ﾂ湘ｭ窶廃ﾅ?ﾂｿﾅｽﾅ｡ -- chang2yong4 han4zi4),
You confused me...Glenn said:according to my roommate, who estimates he knows about 5000 without counting variants (7000 or so if you do), that's a load of ****. He says he constantly comes across characters he doesn't know, and it seems that children's books are the worst offenders.
Why? It's pretty clear, actually. Even if you know 3500 character you won't come very far. You may be able to read some basic sentences, but in every other news article you will come across quite a number of unknown characters (which will take you ages to look up in a dictionary).justin9213 said:You confused me...
OMG!!! how can I memorize ALL of the chinese(simpplified & simplified) + the combinations?bossel said:there are numerous character combinations which you will only understand if you know these particular combinations, knowing the individual characters won't suffice.
You probably can't. But neither can most Chinese. It's simply because many symbols are used only rarely, a matter of memory. Just like Germans don't know all German words, Chinese don't know all Chinese characters (although there is a difference between words & characters, but it's a valid comparison, I think).justin9213 said:OMG!!! how can I memorize ALL of the chinese(simpplified & simplified) + the combinations?
Don't know, if you really need to know 8000. I wouldn't worry.but how long do you think it will take?
Personally, I find that surprising and would think the number would be more but maybe they have low expectations for "working citizens." After all, the average Japanese person needs to be able to read quite a bit more than 2000, and Chinese doesn't typically use a phonetic system to spell out words with tricky hanzi.Wikipedia said:In China, literacy for the working citizen is defined as knowledge of 2000 characters.