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Re: Chinese writing systems

From:Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Date:Monday, November 4, 2002, 17:10
Barry writes:

>Yes, and they also use the traditional system while the Chinese use the >simplified. My friend Irene whose family is from Taiwan says she can't >read simplified Chinese.
One wonders how much this is actually true vs. how much it reflects a desire to feel separate and distinct from the mainland. When I lived in Taiwan, my Taiwanese partner would ask me to read letters for him from mainland relatives (I'm a non-native speaker) and would hand such letters to me like he was handling a piece of rancid fish. I was like, "Dude, this isn't so difficult." My experience is only anecdotal, but I teethed on the traditional system in university, and picked up simplified along the way. Not so difficult. Expat friends who studied simplified first said traditional was a real bugaboo. So I don't have proof per se, but I would imagine traditional --> simplified is easier than simplified--> traditional, and even *that* is not insurmountable. Kou


John Cowan <jcowan@...>