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Chinese characters

Chinese characters
Logograms are the basis of Chinese characters, the use of logograms can be found in Asian writings of countries such as Korea, Japan and China, some Asian traditions also use logograms. All of such writings are collectively referred to as CJK characters, Chinese writing are known for their remarked consistency, they are regarded as the most consistent in the world. China population fueled the spread of their writing, and presently a lot of Asian nations have adopted the use of characters as their standard of writing.

The number of Chinese characters are in tens of thousands, so to be regarded as literate, you have to be conversant with about three to four thousand characters. Their are traditional and simplified methods of Chinese characters, the simplified version is mostly used in Asian countries such as Malaysia and Singapore, the traditional version of their characters are used in hong Kong and Taiwan.

Secondary school students in Japan have to learn about 2100 characters, and as they advance their studies, additional hundreds of characters are learnt. Several homophones are found in modern Chinese writings, this makes the character representation of a particular spoken syllable possible.

Each spoken syllable can be represented with different characters, it all depends on the intended meaning of the spoken syllable. The writing tries to represent real life events with symbols or characters.

Pros
• A good percentage of the world's population uses this style of writing. • They represent the most consistent writing style. • A spoken syllable can be represented with different characters, depending on the meaning. • Characters are highly symbolic. • The use of characters is very flexible.

Cons
• Learning them is mostly tasking. • Several variations exists.

Supporters

Marvadaum

Chinese

I find everything about oriental culture fascinating! And their alphabet is no different. It just takes so much dedication to learn and write in it that I feel our alphabet is kid's play compared to theirs
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-08-2017
Rhodolite
It's Asian. The word Oriental is super outdated implies that Asia and Middle East are essentially the same when both regions are culturally different same with the languages.
Everett

Characters look awesome!

The chinese alphabet to me looks awesome. It looks like alien writing to me along with other languages that are not latin based. I see latin based languages fair too often and love seeing other symbols and characters.
Posted by Everett on 11-09-2017
Barida
In as much as I agree with you that Chinese characters are good, it is important to note that those that are not familiar with it will find it hard to comprehend.
JoeMilford

Chinese characters!

I am a native English speaker, from America, but years ago, I became very interested in the I Ching when I was travelling Asia. I had also been studying Confucius, and I discovered the intricacy of Chinese characters and their context. One character can say SOOOO much, and the calligraphy involved in creating these characters is an incredible artform in and of itself. I use three different translations while working with the I Ching, band so I am not getting all of the subtleties of a language I can't understand or speak out loud. However, I have been able to learn enough over the years to really harbor an appreciation for the characters and character of this language.
Posted by JoeMilford on 03-03-2018
Tania997

Chinese looks great

It's pretty obvious that the English alphabet is easier to learn, but Chinese looks so interesting and it can be useful nowadays. Everything we have and a lot of our world's economy is based in China, so it might be a good idea to learn Chinese.
Posted by Tania997 on 11-09-2017
Aree

The Chinese is an ancient language and also a very

In terms of history, the Chinese language has been around very much longer than the English language. Way back when the English were still running around half-naked in animal skins, the Chinese were already dressed in silk and writing poetry with fine brushes.

Have you ever looked at a Chinese newspaper? It's so thin. Yet, it contains as much content as an English newspaper. Reason? The Chinese language is very compact. In the very same space of just one Chinese character, it can say something which takes a long string of English letters to do the same.

So, while being an ancient language, the Chinese language is also the most modern. Look at our computer GUI. Isn't it mainly made up of icons? That's what a Chinese character is. An icon, which represents an entire idea, all in the very same space.

So, is it difficult to learn this ancient high-tech language?

Not at all. It depends on how you are taught. If you learn the Chineses characters from their original ideograms, then you will pick it up very easily. In Chinese, everything is a picture.

Posted by Aree on 12-02-2017
Martinsx

I would like to learn Chinese

English language has been what I have known ever since I was born and it's actually the first writing I learnt how to do. Now, I'm tired of it and need something new and unique in its own way. Learning Chinese language and how to write its characters would be a good thing to add to my language stock.
Posted by Martinsx on 04-19-2018
mark86
I would say that chinese language is one of the difficult language to learn. As you heard them talking and it sounded that the words they are saying are almost same but that is not true. Learning their language needs you to start from their alphabet. You should also knows the proper pronunciation and diction at the same time.
Jigz Alvarina Lim

English for sure

I grow up learning these english alphabets. It is easier to learn and can be understood by most of the people. I always express my feelings through writing. I write novels, make speech, compose songs, and rhyme poems.

But on the other side, it is quite humorous because when I was still a kid, I usually browse television channels and I always end up on Chinese cartoons. That is why when I am scribbling, I tend to invent Chinese characters. Funny thing is they really look like Chinese alphabets. I always wonder if how could I understand if. It's challenging I guess, but as of now, I'll just stick to English alphabets because not everybody can read Chinese alphabets.

Posted by Jigz Alvarina Lim on 02-13-2018
mitan143

English

Why I choose a language that is difficult to understand than the universal language English. Infact my second language is English. I'm not also saying that I'm against chinese characters but I'd choose the one which I can speak and write easily. English is also for everyone.
Posted by mitan143 on 09-30-2018
jaybee19

Though it's hard to learn, it's also very interest

I'm a Filipino and our second language is English. Our English is a combination of British and American and we are very used to English Alphabets because that is what we use since the colonization of the Spaniards.

However, even though i=English Alphabets are easier to memorize, I kind of like don't appreciate that much because I don't feel the effort to really learn them because it's just so simple and I guess that's why I like Chinese characters better because you have to exert more effort and dedication to learn them.

Our original alphabet is actually consisted of characters as well and up until now I really want it to be revived because I am envious of Character alphabets and how stylish and artistic they look like. Although I don't hate English Alphabets tho, they're very useful.

Posted by jaybee19 on 05-02-2018
Martin

Easy but that is only because I grew up learning i

I vote for english since its my formal and most common language I am used to. I doubt I would be able to think the other way round had I grown up in China. It is what it is nonetheless and english is all I have for now.
Posted by Martin on 08-04-2018
blackmist

The characters are cool

I don't understand Chinese writing but I find it more artistic than English letter. It's difficult to understand/ don't even have any Idea if what it is, but Id like to learn how to read it someday.
Posted by blackmist on 08-06-2018
anchoreztin

Complex

I think chinese characters are so cool I dont consider them as characters only but an ART. Each stroke or dot in chinese character are so significant that one mistake or one missing would mean a very different word. It may be the same in english but in chinese character, it is so complex their character is three times as many as the English character. Also chinese character is so complex, I consider them not just as characters but as craft. You cannot just write chinese character, you thoughtfully and knowingly write it to convey the exact message and communicate properly.
Posted by anchoreztin on 08-26-2018
emiaj55

This Writing is Art

I think I would vote for Chines characters. The characters and the way of learning this system is already art. Consistency is another great thing. If I had the time and chance I would like to learn this language and its system.
Posted by emiaj55 on 10-25-2018
iambeth

Intricate

I vote for the Chinese characters because there's beauty in the letters. It's intricate that it can be considered an art form. Writing it can be difficult and a bit tricky. It requires technique in moving the brush and in doing the proper strokes that is similar to that of a painter.
Posted by iambeth on 10-27-2018
Jstreeter26

Much more interesting

While I am a native English speaker, it is hard to argue against the visual appeal of Chinese characters. They also are extremely versatile and provide multiple ways to say the same thing.
Posted by Jstreeter26 on 11-01-2018
astraherondale

More meaningful, more elegant, more intricate

Chinese characters have more meaning into them compared to the English alphabet. In fact, it should be considered an art because of the intricacy and elegance of writing the characters. English is way too limited compared to Chinese characters which are much more fluid.
Posted by astraherondale on 11-04-2018

77%

English alphabets

English alphabets
English alphabets has it's origin from Latin alphabets, they are made up of both upper and lower case letters, with a total number of 26 letters. The English alphabets are similar to Latin alphabets according to ISO, and difference in shape of letters arise when fonts and typefaces are changed. People have unique writing styles, this results in deviation of letter styling between individuals, the observable differences can be used for identification.

Digraphs are very important component of written English, yet they don't stand alone as letters, but are made up of two letters, eg: th, sh, ch, wh, ph etc. When the alphabets are considered, they are distinguished, and some people still refer to the (&) ampersand symbol as an alphabet.

Anglo Saxon first experienced the use of English alphabets in the 5th century, but their ancient English style is no more in use. The 7th century saw Latin scripts gradually replace Anglo Saxon alphabets, this style of writing was introduced by Christian missionaries, and the former style of writing "Anglo Saxon" existed hand in hand with Latin style before complete replacement.

English alphabets are important if you wish to speak, read and understand English language, a lot of countries speak English and some have it as their second language.

Pros
• They are easy to memorize. • Combination of letters form words. • They have distinguished sounds which depends on the word meaning. • English is official in most countries. • They can be represented in upper and lower case.

Cons
• Some style of writing can be confusing because of it's shape. • Stringent rules govern it's usage.

Supporters

Mehano

Easier

How is this even a debate? I think that it's more than clear that English alphabet is FAR easier to learn than Chinese. Chinese can takes so much more time and dedication to truly learn the meanings behind. Plus the English alphabet has fewer letters.

I have learned the English one with ease as a child and I'm too afraid to even try and learn Chinese because I know how difficult it would be.

Posted by Mehano on 11-09-2017
cubo

This.

I've been using this kind of alphabet since I was born. This is my native alphabet and I think it's great and easy. Also, English language is common in almost every country so, people who have a not common language could learn English to visit any country in the world and they won't have problems to communicate to others. I would like to learn how to read the Chinese characters one day, just for a hobby. I like to learn new languages.
Posted by cubo on 11-09-2017
ColdFlameChris

English for me

This is definitely much easier to learn for me. Since I was a kid, I already learned these alphabets and it is also similar to ours too. Our Alphabet has 20 letters while there's 26 on English alphabets. and they're both identical so it's much easier to learn this alphabet and language for us Filipinos.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-08-2017
Anonymous

Simple to write

I have tried learning the Chinese language but could not make it out of class one but the English language is much simple to learn and write
Posted by Anonymous on 12-06-2017
MomoStarr16
You are right. They have a very difficult culture of writings and language. Makes you go crazy before knowing them at all.
Anonymous

English

English writing is based on speech sounds. We get the sound from the form, and from the sound, we decide the meaning. In all alphabetic writing languages, the words are combinations of letters. When we see the words, we can easily pronounce them.
Posted by Anonymous on 02-26-2018
Anonymous

English alphabet are being used worldwide.

It is international language.When you go to other countries,you speak english for them to understand you.basic.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-03-2018
Anonymous

Because English

Its far more easier.This is one of the easiest choices if you ask me.Chinese is really harder,the language although might be more fascinating it is a lot harder than you think.I takes a lot of time to learn it and it's almost impossible to speak fluent Chinese in just a few months of learning.
Posted by Anonymous on 06-03-2018
kingcool52

English

It's my first language and the only language I know really well, to be honest. I know a bit of French but I wouldn't say that I speak it fluently. I have no idea how to say anything in Chinese and I don't think I will be learning the Chinese characters either. I just don't see a need for it because it's not exactly a truly global language.
Posted by kingcool52 on 11-09-2017
limberg

I have Chinese Blood but...

My mom is half Chinese. Her father (my grandpa) was from mainland China. And you know what? She never learned how to speak or understand Chinese! Haha! Well. that also goes for me. I love watching Asian movies and TV series, be it Japanese, Korean or Chinese. But I have never ever learned how to understand, speak or write Chinse.

English was the language that was taught to me ever since I was little. I found it easy to learn. I'm not sure if I would have easily learned Chinese if it was taught to me when I was a child. But looking at the Chinese characters and how plentiful they are, I think I wouldn't have learned it as easily as I learned English. :D

Posted by limberg on 11-09-2017
Sue

English for me

Onky because it is what i was taught growing up and all that i know. I also write in french. I would love to learn how to do the chinese alpahet. I find that it is very interesting and fascinates. I think you would have to very intelligent to learn it. It is amazing to me.
Posted by Sue on 11-09-2017
iamawriter

No comparison whatsoever

Although Mandarin is spoken the most in the world all because of the population number in China it is not an international language as opposed to the English language. Obviously therefore English is what most would vote for.
Posted by iamawriter on 01-23-2018
cmoneyspinner

English Alphabets Don't Require Artistic Ability

I don't know if this is true but I once heard that Chinese children are taught to write their alphabets even before they are taught to speak. That sounds outrageous to me. But it could be true. Nevertheless, I have always viewed the Chinese alphabet as a work of art and I'm not an artist. English Alphabets are easy because they are straight lines and a few loops and maybe a curl here and there.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 09-24-2018
JMS

English every time.

It has to be English as not only is English my mother tongue, but it factually is an easier language to learn in comparison with Chinese. Chinese has too many characters to learn and I would find it far too difficult to learn. I'm just grateful that I was born English and can read and write it with ease. I would say that Chinese is much harder to learn than Arabic which I learned to read and write as well. But Chinese? Far too difficult for me. They must be a very clever people!
Posted by JMS on 01-15-2018
Pixie

Easier

Chinese alphabets are very difficult to learn. While I was working at my previous company we had to do a basic Chinese course to interact with our customers from China. I have to admit that it was very difficult. I can never be fluent in this language. To be honest, I have forgotten mostly everything that I learned. English is much easier of course. This is a simple language.
Posted by Pixie on 03-03-2018
wiseagent

Well...

I find the Chinese alphabet very nice and to some extent mysterious / intriguing, but something extremely difficult to learn. I tried it once and it's very complicated.

The English alphabet turns out to be more interesting to me, haha.

Posted by wiseagent on 11-09-2017
manmad

Chinese easy.

You absolutely can't even debate this one, there is not probably one person who is going to agree that the English alphabet is harder than the Chinese one. I mean, Chinese and Japanese people use 2000-3500 of the symbols so they can write. I study Japanese, so I know how Kanji are. Therefore my answer is that Chinese is way harder.
Posted by manmad on 11-29-2017
blank629

Universal Alphabet.

English alphabet is a lot easier to learn than Chinese alphabet. We all know that english is the universal language so it is common sense that english alphabet is not that complex rather than chinese alphabet. Chinese characters have so many lines involve so it is hard for non-chinese people. But english alphabet ia ao easy that even chinese people can also do that.
Posted by blank629 on 11-27-2017
Wubwub

simpler and more practical

I used to think that symbol type languages were possibly the better way to go since pictures were easier to understand but I remembered that in the Chinese language you had to memorize too many words while in the English alphabet you could just utilize the letters to combine into something new and at the end of the day they were practically symbols too anyway so now I'm choosing English. Maybe if I were more fluent with Chinese I may change my mind but I know some and it still isn't as easy to me as English is.
Posted by Wubwub on 07-25-2018
Barida

Comfortable with.

I have always had it tough understanding what the Chinese characters meant and that started when I began watching their movies. I could find it hard to watch those movies where the characters are written in Chinese unlike the English characters which I've grown comfortable with.
Posted by Barida on 12-24-2017
PLScloni

Way easier

I would choose the english language because it easy. Chinese and English is to far to be compared . I try learn chinese but later gave up because its harder. I have to learn every symbol because they have different meanings attached to them. English is what everyone uses. Unless i plan to go to china.
Posted by PLScloni on 08-17-2018
mildredtabitha

English

English has strict grammatical rules that makes it tough sometimes but it is easier than Chinese characters. English is simple especially in communicating and the alphabets are easier to memorize.

Speaking English doesn't feel like one is talking in mother tongue and that is why I like it.

Posted by mildredtabitha on 12-01-2017
kristin1996

English

I don't know Chinese
Posted by kristin1996 on 01-03-2018
Kakashi2020

English is Easier

For a second language English is the best for me because its easy to learn and write and is being used in most countries around the globe.

Chinese language and it's characters are quite difficult to memorize and write and since it is being widely used only in asian countries, its importance or uses beyond that is minimal.

Posted by Kakashi2020 on 01-29-2018
JB Fernandez

Universal Language!

Definitely I would choose English. It is the universal language may it in writings or thru speaking. Whenever I went out of the country, it is the most efficient language as many countries knows how to speak english. Even on signages, most of the time it is also written in english.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 02-15-2018
anahbello1206

english

I am more comfortable writing in English and it really is easier. Although Chinese characters are appealing I would still prefer English. And also because it is easier to communicate with others using it.
Posted by anahbello1206 on 02-07-2018
treecko142

Not a debate

English is easier to learn than Chinese. The number of characters alone in the Chinese alphabet is more than anyone can learn for an entire lifetime. Not even Chinese people fully know each character available. Each stroke is different and can give a different interpretation based on social function and when speaking to authorities. Speaking and writing are also different in Chinese compared to English, where you have a pretty good idea how the word is pronounced just by looking at the characters.
Posted by treecko142 on 02-08-2018
MomoStarr16

EASY

Of course this one. It will be easier to understand than the other option. It maybe cool learning other language but english is the universal so I go for this one.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-18-2018
aecel

English no doubt

English is our 2nd language though I'm not fluent in this kind of language it's much easier for me to understand English. English alphabets have same letters in my native language so I'm more familiar with English characters. I've tried Mandarin class when I was in college and I must say it was not easy to learn. You must learn how to write properly and the stroke of the characters must be in right position so writing Chinese characters is not enough you should also familiarize with the right strokes it's like doing a calligraphy.
Posted by aecel on 04-23-2018
EfficientNinja

English for the win!

I've been learning English since my elementary days and it was hard to learn at first because it is not my native language. Writing English characters seem easier because it uses the same letters with my mother tongue. Chinese characters are very hard to understand and write because it needs an exact stroke of the pen to write. That means it is hard to memorize which stroke to use to write each character.
Posted by EfficientNinja on 04-08-2018
amelia88

English all the way...26 compared to thousands?

I think the English alphabet is streets ahead in terms of being easier than Chinese - there's so much less to learn in English! Chinese kanji is incredibly complex, and there are just so many to remember.
Posted by amelia88 on 05-12-2018
Drean2002

Easy

English alphabet is easy because it only has 26 alphabets and it is easy to write.
Posted by Drean2002 on 06-30-2018
jennyfermanuel

Universal language

Though the debate here is about the "characters" itself. Chinese characters may be more unique than English alphabets, but I am sorry I will go with the English alphabets. Simply because it's easier to learn, and it is simple. And the fact that English is a Universal Language, why choose chinese characters if the whole world knows that using English language is the way to communicate around the world! Yes chinese alphabets has a unique look, but you have to learn thousands of characters it has. Why would suffer learning thousands of such alphabets, if we already have the simple yet worldwide used language? Peope are born differently. Some are geniuses, some are smarter, and some are just average people like me. I'm sorry but let's consider people like us average who can't, and will never learn thousands of characters like those chinese ones.
Posted by jennyfermanuel on 06-30-2018
mark86

Universal Language

English letters are easier to understand compare to chinese letters. English is also a universal language meaning many countries understand english. Chinese letters however are more stylish and looks like design for some.
Posted by mark86 on 08-05-2018
superlicca

Second Language

English is my second language here in my country. I've been learning this language since grade school. English alphabets are not complicated and they are easy to learn and write. Pronunciation is not that difficult compared to the Chinese language. That is also the reason why English became the universal language.
Posted by superlicca on 09-16-2018
ajahcuizon

For Everyone

Since English language is the universal language, I believe that English should be taught to all people so that they will be able to communicate well in or outside of their home country. English is much more easier to learn than Chinese characters because Chinese is complicated and hard to understand. Not all people knows Mandarin. Also, there are many good study references that a person could use for them to be able to learn the English language easily.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 08-11-2018
rlpzbeermoney

Universality

English is more universal. While I agree that a large portion of the world speaks Chinese, it's still just too niche. I don't expect people to speak and write Chinese in the next decade or so. I do however expect almost everyone by the end of the decade to be able to converse in English.
Posted by rlpzbeermoney on 09-26-2018
stbrians

Am I Conversant With Chinese?

Am not conversant with Chinese literature. It sounds great to me yet I cannot get head over heals of them. That is why I vote for English.

Familiarity brings contempt and hat is why I would like to learn some Chinese alphabet. The characters seem alright. They tend to take more space though.

Posted by stbrians on 08-16-2018
Therese16

English Alphabets

English is the universal language so it is easier to learn and practice with other people because most of the people have English language learning in their schools. English is widely used worldwide so my vote is for English Alphabets but I'm also interested in learning Chinese Characters someday, it is a wonderful language to learn.
Posted by Therese16 on 09-07-2018
jeffreyjose48

English Speaker

I vote for English rather than Chinese. Its because English has been part of my school subject since Kinder until College. Its easy for me to learn, understand and speak the English language.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 09-02-2018
kinja90

English

English is the universal language so and it's introduced to use when we're little. This language is more useful since even if you're anywhere in the globe. For me, more people are using this than Chinese. Communication is important so you need to practice and use the language that most people are using. I can try leaning Chinese as my third language. It can be helpful especially if you work in China as that's the one they are using.
Posted by kinja90 on 09-20-2018
Gilgamesh

National Language

Learning and understanding English alphabet is a lot more easier than Chinese character because it has a more clearer distinction and It's number is not as many in Chinese characters. We can also benefit more throughly in learning the English alphabet because it serves as our national language whereever we are in the world, as long as we can speak and understand English we can communicate effectively. Learning English alphabets also offers an oustanding future prospects that you can surely benefit.
Posted by Gilgamesh on 09-08-2018
NerdIndeed

English Characters of course

I'll keep my answer short and simple. I'll stick with the English alphabet of course as it is mostly used all over the world. The only place where you get to use Chinese alphabets is probably in China or when you get to read labels on a product made in China, and that's about it.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 10-11-2018
jpk0007

ENGISH ALWAYS

I think English will always be the natural choice for me and most of the people around the world. English is the most acceptable and widely used language as it is very easy to learn and comprehend when compared with the Chinese language. Chinese language is very different and will take a lot of time to learn. English is spoken and used in almost each and every part of the world. Learning English has become a necessity for each and everyone for making progress in their respective carriers. english will always be my first choice
Posted by jpk0007 on 10-17-2018
theresajane

Simple

I believe that most of us think English is more preferable. As a person who grew up having an English subject in school. Understanding English is easier than merely looking and figuring out the strokes in Chinese alphabet. I have nothing against Chinese characters, in fact, I get amused at how the characters from historical-themed movies from China or Korea use the brushes to write something. However, I would still be taking the side of English for its simple way of writing letters and how each letter can stand differently from each other; simple characters, lesser hassle for me.
Posted by theresajane on 10-08-2018
ElectorAlexander

English Language

English language is a very easy language to learn especially since it was a colonial language that the British used to penetrate most of her colony, English language is becoming a major language in international and world business and should be taken seriously by everyone who will love to learn the language for tourist and other ventures n life especially those working in the embassy of former colonies of the British.

English Language may become one of the most spoken word in the world very soon so everyone should at learn learn the basis of it, unlike Chinese character that is fading.

Posted by ElectorAlexander on 10-16-2018
thejoyrevolution

I know my abc

English alphabet is the most commonly ised alphabet in the world. It is easier to learn for it contains only 26 letters to mix and match to form a world. Learning tools are very much more available around the world. Anywhere around English alphabet are easier to recognize.
Posted by thejoyrevolution on 10-19-2018
burgosmichael2407

Universal

English is not my natural language but it is my second language. Though Chinese characters are exciting and interesting to learn, English alphabet are far more useful and beneficial to learn. You can go almost everywhere and talk to almost anyone using this language. Maybe not everyone are fluent in this language but you can still communicate using the English language. It is easier to learn than the Chinese characters.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 11-01-2018
mosesoscar

IT'S EASIER TO LEARN

I believe it is easier to learn English than it is to learn Chinese. I understand that my opinion may stem from the fact that i did not grow up a Chinese; but from my standpoint, getting to know that the Chinese alphabet is about 40 thousand in number, with the English alphabet only 26, makes all the difference in acertaining which could be easier to learn. I bet that one can even spend his entire live trying to learn the whole of the Chinese alphabet, but in the case of English, you can get done when you know the 26th stroke of its alphabet.
Posted by mosesoscar on 10-29-2018
hstinscdln

Easier to understand

The English alphabet is romanized and can be understood or leaned by everyone easily. It doesn't need any special technique to write this down unlike any other alphabet. It is very clear that the English alphabet is easier to study and to use.
Posted by hstinscdln on 10-31-2018
Focusedwriter10

Easier to learn

English alphabets are much easier to learn. It is very difficult to learn Chinese alphabets. The look like drawings, and comprehending them is not easier.
Posted by Focusedwriter10 on 11-08-2018
YoloBoy

English alphabet all the way

First and foremost the English alphabet is the easiest to learn because of it's basic 26 letters while the Chinese characters has around 50,000 characters. So just by comparing the numbers and how the letters/characters are constructed, the English alphabet takes this one by a landslide. The English alphabet has a great benefit knowing that this is used to communicate with other nationalities and is used as a primary/secondary language for other countries.
Posted by YoloBoy on 11-06-2018
marion102513

wholesome

We start to learn this when we are still young and we're expose to this and also this the universal language or letters that we understood.it is easy and common to us especially those that are expose to this alphabet.
Posted by marion102513 on 11-09-2018
PilyongHusband1990

English characters

it is a unanimous choice for me since I am using this when I was still a kid. It is used widely in the whole world. Even in other languages like in my country, we use the English characters/alphabets but when we talk about Chinese, only the Chinese language use them. Even in this website, we are using English characters. So, I don;t see any reason at all in choosing the Chinese characters.
Posted by PilyongHusband1990 on 11-13-2018
kaushikangara

Totally in favor of English Alphabets

English is a universal language and is far more simpler to learn and comprehend that Mandarin/Chinese. It would take years for a normal person to be able to read, write and understand Chinese. On the other hand, English can be learnt very easily. Also, it is widely accepted in most of the countries.

Although I was never introduced to Chinese alphabets, I would still prefer English any day over Chinese. The script is much easier to write and also even if you do not know how to convey the meaning in a sentence, a combination of simple words can make the other person understand what you are trying to convey.

Posted by kaushikangara on 11-15-2018

Comments

vinaya
I was introduced to English alphabets when I was three years old, that's when I started my school. I don't know any of Chinese characters and I have never tried to learn Chinese characters. Chinese characters are not alphabets, they are actually pictograms, each character presents a word picture. There are thousands of such characters and I am not sure how one masters so many characters while learning Chinese language.
Posted by vinaya on 11-08-2017
lovely
It English Language for me maybe because I was brought up to write the English alphabets so I'm not conversant with Chinese mode of writing and might not actually know if it simpler than writing in English.All the same English is simple to write since it just have simple alphabets that can easily be assimilated, memorize and written down without stress.
Posted by lovely on 11-08-2017
Denis_P
Well given that I grew up with the English language, obviously I'm going to be very bias with my answer. I'm fluent in English and understand it most easily, so naturally I'm inclined towards that simply due to the convenience factor. However I have to admit that I think Asian characters, including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, are incredibly fascinating. So much can be said with a single character in those languages, while in English we have to string together letters and words into sentences. However, an obvious downside to this is that people learning these languages have an insane amount of characters to remember.
Posted by Denis_P on 11-09-2017
honeybabe
I prefer English alphabets because here in our country our second language is English. Since I was preparatory school teachers always teach us how to speak and the alphabets of English. Chinese characters are nice to learn since I know English alphabets it is a challenge to me to learn how to read and write Chinese characters. Learning Chinese characters is an advantage for since I already know English alphabet.
Posted by honeybabe on 11-09-2017
peachpurple
English is our country 2nd language too. Nowadays, most colleges and universities used English to teach subjects, so everyone has to learn English in order to further study, even in local universities.
Posted by peachpurple on 12-11-2017
vhinz
English is not my primary language but it is being taught in our school since primary school and also in our home. I have never been in a Chinese school that's why I don't know their writings. But I once tried to learn Chinese language. Learning Chinese language is more difficult to learning English. I think it is also difficult to study writing Chinese characters.
Posted by vhinz on 11-09-2017
babyright
English is our national language and the English alphabets are better and more easier to learn and write using it than the Chinese characters.
Posted by babyright on 11-09-2017
Alexa
English is easier to learn, but with languages it's about whether you actively use them. Chinese characters are much harder to learn if you are not using them in your everyday life. Each stroke can alter the meaning of the character and it also depends on what character is used before or after it as that can change the meaning. It's complex to explain, and that's why English is easier as most films and television shows will be in English so the masses have access to the language.
Posted by Alexa on 11-09-2017
DanoCath
I always wanted to learn Chinese, so I tried. But then their language is hard, I find it even more difficult to write the Chinese characters. On the other hand, English is not that difficult to learn compared to Chinese. English is not my native tongue, however, I even find it simpler to express my feelings in the English language than my native language.
Posted by DanoCath on 11-11-2017
hazel42704
I didn't vote because I think that would be biased since I learned the English alphabet all my life. What I can say is that I tried learning Chinese characters last year and I really had a difficult time memorizing everything. There are lot of characters and it was even more difficult since I don't have much people around me whom I can ask about the language. I think I had easier time understanding the English alphabet because I grew up being taught with it.
Posted by hazel42704 on 11-12-2017
Corzhens
The Chinese characters called Kanji is also used by Japanese although I cannot say if the meaning of the same characters are also the same. It is so difficult to learn Kanji because I had an informal orientation before when we had a prospect of Japanese business partners. I don’t think I can memorize the meaning of the Chinese characters at length. They say that it takes many years before you can fully understand it. With English alphabet, all you need to memorize are the letters and that’s it.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-14-2017
kataomoi
English letters are easier to recognize and memorize. There's only 26 letters and you can make many words with it.

There are SO SO many Chinese letters and it's pretty much impossible to know them all. Even Chinese people cannot fully recognize all the Chinese characters.

If you ask which I prefer, I'd probably say English because of its simplicity. I do like Chinese characters as well, but letters are just so much easier to memorize and use. Using Chinese characters is much more difficult.
Posted by kataomoi on 11-14-2017
Wubwub
I used to think that Chinese characters might be easier to read because they are more like symbols or pictures and those tend to be easier or faster to grasp, but now that I think about it, they aren't really that much more of a symbol than an English letter, so I would say that they are fairly equal. I would say that there might be some merit to the comfort of being able to read from right to left though.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-15-2017
joey98
Chinese character and English character are as different as day and night, Chinese is more like Arabic, it has a unique existence of its own.
Posted by joey98 on 11-15-2017
peachpurple
Since I was born, my first and last education was English. I had never learn to read or write Chinese although I Am a Chinese. I did tried to learn from my son when he was 5 years old. Until now, I don't even know a single Chinese characters bug my teen year old son could get a straight A in hi* Chinese exam. Difficult to remember the strokes But easy to speak
Posted by peachpurple on 11-18-2017
Rhodolite
Apples and oranges. English is easier to learn on a written level but hard to master in general. Chinese is hard to learn written but otherwise has better structure than English from the few months of scant lessons I had as a child. What throws me is simplified Chinese versus Kanji in Japan and older, formalized writing in Korean because both countries still use the old Chinese characters and written ways versus the simplified used by the Chinese today. It's been years though since I actively was learning. I forgot a whole ton to be honest but then again I probably forgot more than people learn in their lifetimes in some instances.
Posted by Rhodolite on 11-26-2017
vinaya
Since I do not know Chinese, I cannot compare the language with English. However, I accept tha English is easy to learn on the written level but hard to master. I have been learning English since three years, when I began to go to school, however, I still have stilted language.
Posted by vinaya on 01-02-2018
chatbox
English is the lingua franca of the world and it makes sense to prefer to learn the English alphabet over Chinese. However, learning Chinese characters is a key to learning the language which can confer some advantages for those who want to do business or seek employment with Chinese companies. Mainland China and Singapore both use the simplified Chinese character set and it's best to start with that if one wants to learn Chinese. Japan is also using traditional Chinese characters or kanji but they have two others sets of characters - Hiragana and Katakana - which are also simplified characters sets.
Posted by chatbox on 11-28-2017
Aree
True, the English alphabet has a lot fewer letters to learn. However, this does not make the English language easier to learn. The simple reason is that English is not pronounced the way it is spelt. So, to solve this problem, we need to learn another set of letters. This is the IPA aka International Phonetic Alphabet. The IPA has 44 letters. This covers all the sounds in the English language.

However, that's only part of the problem.

English has many words which look the same but actually have different meanings depending on the where the word came from. Take, for example, the word "can". As a verb, this means "able to". As a noun, it can mean a "tin". That's just two possible meanings of the word "can". So, learning English is not really the easiest thing to do.
Posted by Aree on 12-03-2017
muaaz.93
Well chinese language is easy to learn with pinyin but the stroke characters are in thousands and can't be learned even by the old Chinese people. The newer generation also tends to use Pinyin to get over with the complications.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 12-15-2017
Anonymous
In my own opinion, it’s not right to compare two different languages and say which is easy and which is difficult to learn. Every language has its own strengths and weakness which makes it easy in some areas and tough in other areas. However, language difficulty depends on the mother tongue of the learner. But, I was amazed how they write the Chinese characters and when it was spoken, it is like music to me. English alphabet has 26 letters and from with it, you can make many words. As simple as that.
Posted by Anonymous on 12-15-2017
kaka135
As a Chinese, Chinese language is the first language I learned since I was young, and hence I can actually write better in Chinese. After knowing some friends who do not know Chinese and understanding from them, Chinese characters are actually harder to learn. Though all characters are made up of the Chinese strokes, but there are so many combinations. But I think once you understand how it works and how the character is generated/derived, that makes it easier for you to learn. I am teaching my eldest to learn Chinese characters now, and it seems like he can read and write some characters by practice always.
Posted by kaka135 on 12-17-2017
alexd
English alphabet and language in general is almost certainly easier to learn. Most people I know had a pretty easy time learning english language, while I have heard from others that certain Asian languages like Chinese/Japanese are pretty hard to learn. The fact that Chinese has numerous variations doesn't help.
Posted by alexd on 01-16-2018
mar06
Since I don't know much things about Chinese so I will prefer to choose English alphabet since everybody know that language because that are the universal language exist it this world. Somehow we should learn that English language.
Posted by mar06 on 01-20-2018
Steve5
English is way easier to learn.

I like that Chinese characters are consistent and flexible, but it takes a really long time to learn most of them. And even knowing most of them may not be enough as the alphabet and languages used with it are so diverse. You'd have to devote so much time and effort just to learn all of them... if that's even possible.

The English alphabet is so basic and simple that most foreigners are effectively using it within a span of a few weeks or months. They're used as the universal language and connects most of us with one another. It's also a fast way of getting understood by anyone who can speak the language. English for the win!
Posted by Steve5 on 01-24-2018
VintageRose
The question is about the easiest alphabet to learn, and it's clear the right answer is English, without a doubt. For starters, our alphabet has less than 30 symbols, while the Chinese one has considerably more, and each of them is very complex, with many different readings and meanings, so learning it completely is a struggle even for natives.

That said, I find Chinese much richer, entertaining and beautiful to learn so I honestly prefer it, despite (or perhaps BECAUSE) its complexities.
Posted by VintageRose on 02-22-2018
Anonymous
The English alphabet is much basic and contains a few letters. It is also based on the most common alphabet system which is the Latin and used all over Europe in most European languages with the exception of Slavic group languages such as Russian. Most countries in the world use these basic alphabets to communicate in their writings even if they have their own indigenous systems of writing just because of the ruling paradigm the world lives by. Whilst the issue majority on this post have is with whichever one is easier to learn, mine is focused on which one serves a much deeper purpose of language. My choice would be Chinese.

The Chinese language carries across the enduring richness and complexity of the Chinese culture. The Chinese culture itself is an extremely right-brained one so it is not surprising that their writing systems are very much like ideograms which can also have deeper meanings. With the Chinese characters on comes to a much closer and intimate knowledge that words only serve thinking and the reality they have been crafted to convey and not the other way round.
Posted by Anonymous on 03-07-2018
junrose123
For me I would choose the English alphabets because it is more easy for me to learn and understand. It is considered as my second language in my country here in the Philippines. It is the most commonly used language that most of my fellowmen used in most of their transactions or dealing with other people and as well as in communicating around the world. English alphabets had been already a part of our daily lives ever since before I had live in this world. it was the one that were taught in schools and use as their medium of commutation to other people that we encounter. For me it i very reliable alphabets that until now we are using everyday./ I really find it very indispensable as it gives so much advantage to our life and makes us to become a better and progressive people because of this English alphabet.
Posted by junrose123 on 03-12-2018
nekonieden
Learning other language characters is an interesting one. I am fond of anime series so I was a bit interested learning their language. Since Japanese has also have chinese characters which they called it "Kanji" I am wanting to learn it. I think other languages also are very fascinating to learn to.
Posted by nekonieden on 03-15-2018
TheInsaneSakif
I'm familiar with English alphabets since English is my second language, other than my native language. English is a very popular language as it is spoken almost everywhere. On the other hand, many people including me find it very difficult to understand the Chinese language mainly because the words and characters are written in an unorthodox way.
Posted by TheInsaneSakif on 03-22-2018
Scarlet
English alphabet because I know how to read it and understand it. Most countries use english alphabet than chinese characters.
Posted by Scarlet on 04-15-2018
mitan143
I couldn't vote for either of the two because I like how you explain the Chinese letters and actually I'm not interested in Chinese letters or to their language at all and I just learn it just right now. i could say that it seems pretty interesting but using English and my own language is enough as long as I can express my message or my thought. As we all know English is the universal language therefore English is part of the basic language that we should have today.
Posted by mitan143 on 04-16-2018
Martinsx
English language is quite easy to learn how to read and write, it's actually the easiest language in the world today and the reason why almost every corner in the world accepted it as a lingual franca. Chinese language is among the most difficult when it comes to writing it. One can speak and understand it but writing it is a different ball game.
Posted by Martinsx on 04-19-2018
albino
English is the Universal language and it is used in all countries specially by foreigners to communicate to different kinds of people. English is very easy to understand let say even in music or songs it is easy to practice or sing a songs in English versions than in Chinese version or even in words or characters.
Posted by albino on 04-23-2018
jaymish
I may be biased because I have spoken in English since I was a baby, but English is much easier to learn. Chinese seems a bit complicated especially because it looks like the alphabet is represented by pictures or symbols and not by words. I think this is a completely diffrent way of learning especially for someone whose first association was with letters and not with pictures. This language seems kind of strange to me. If you hear the Chinese language it really sounds like it's from another planet. I know a bit of French and German and no other language seems as hard as Chinese.
Posted by jaymish on 05-02-2018
Vinsanity
I think that the reason why we need a universal language and at the same time alphabet is to connect us from different races. It is definitely more convenient to use the conventional language and alphabet rather than knowing what's new which I find difficult because it will take time to learn new and strange characters. I don't know anything about Chinese characters and I think I might get headache by just learning about tens of thousands of characters.
Posted by Vinsanity on 05-04-2018
bienn05
No doubt, English characters are easier to learn. English pronunciation sounds like the letter you write. Chinese characters has a lot more interpretation so it is much hard to remember. 99% the English characters are easier to learn and understand.
Posted by bienn05 on 06-11-2018
MomoStarr16
You got the point right. It seems that chinese will make our mind blown before we got to understand them properply unlike english.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 07-02-2018
timothyP
I would prefer English for it is much easier to learn but I am always amazed by Chinese's writing styles. I do have a little bit of eagernes to learn to write Chinese characters. It takes a commitment to learn Chinese since it wouldn't be easy to learn, but I find it very challenging.
Posted by timothyP on 06-18-2018
MomoStarr16
Chinese characters looks good and cool. Reading or writing them correctly makes you look cool. But being the practical one, I will choose the one that is easy to understand and that is the ENGLISH.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 07-02-2018
RhealaineS
I will choose English alphabet over Chinese characters. Here in the Philippines, English is considered as our second language. Many Filipinos are fluent in using English language. Chinese characters are also interesting but English aplhabet are almost the same with Filipino alphabet that is why it is easier to understand English language. And if I'm not mistaken, there are 8 letters in Filipino alphabet adopted from English alphabet.
Posted by RhealaineS on 07-06-2018
MomoStarr16
It really looks cool learning Chines character but the difficulty they have will lead you to not to study them all. Unlike in our country, our own language are so easily to understand just like the English language.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 07-15-2018
fishbate
Although Chinese characters are very intriguing and very cool in the eye, i prefer English alphabet because it's a universal figure and everyone uses it. In terms of application and communication the English alphabet is the most easiest to understand.
Posted by fishbate on 07-25-2018
Chinet23
I think this will be best answered by those who have a totally different writing system. The Americans had a major influence in our Education System and English is our second Language. Also, we have so much exposure in this language and American culture as well which includes Music and Film Industry. So definitely, English Alphabet is a lot easier for me. The only thing I know with Chinese Characters is that they can sometimes look similar so you have to be careful or take note of the strokes because it can mean a different word.
Posted by Chinet23 on 07-27-2018
romy_ter
English alphabets are already part of us - for you to communicate with everyone around the world, you should know how to speak in english even a little. Chinese characters are way too difficult but interesting. With every strokes and characters they create are really hard to understand on how comprehend it. Maybe that's why they think that Chinese characters are very pragmatic. But I still find if very interesting to know how they really put those strokes together. And to all people who knows how to do and understand it, you guys are really cool for me!
Posted by romy_ter on 09-07-2018
jayjaydimson
English is my second language so I would choose the English Alphabet Because it is easy to write and most of the letters can be found in my own language. And also English is easy to understand because the letters are familiar, unlike the Chinese characters it is unusual to my eyes.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 09-12-2018
jayjaydimson
English is my second language so I would choose the English Alphabet Because it is easy to write and most of the letters can be found in my own language. And also English is easy to understand because the letters are familiar, unlike the Chinese characters it is unusual to my eyes.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 09-12-2018
jayjaydimson
Chinese character looks interesting, but it's so unfamiliar for me that's why I would vote for English characters. Because it's my second language and its similar to our alphabet that I am using.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 09-16-2018
jayjaydimson
Chinese character looks interesting, but it's so unfamiliar for me that's why I would vote for English characters. Because it's my second language and its similar to our alphabet that I am using.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 09-16-2018
Anonymous
Chinese character looks interesting, But I will still go for the English alphabet because it requires less practice for you to perfect each letter. Unlike the Chinese character, it must be perfect for it to read easily.
Posted by Anonymous on 09-17-2018
jayjaydimson
Chinese character looks interesting, But I will still go for the English alphabet because it requires less practice for you to perfect each letter. Unlike the Chinese character, it must be perfect for it to read easily.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 09-17-2018
jayjaydimson
Chinese character looks interesting, But I will still go for the English alphabet because it requires less practice for you to perfect each letter. Unlike the Chinese character, it must be perfect for it to read easily.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 09-17-2018
theresajane
You have a great point. If one wants to learn a foreign language that is not that very hard to write. English is perfect, unlike Chinese, English characters are so easy to imitate and write. Chinese characters, though very artistic, the strokes will take you time to write one character. Unless you're a native Chinese speaker, you'll really have a hard time distinguishing and writing the characters.
Posted by theresajane on 11-05-2018
Aeolos
I would like to learn Mandarin one of these days. I know that its one of the hardest language to learn but I am up to the challenge. For now, I would choose the English alphabet because it is easy to use and remembers. For someone who would like to learn the English language, its alphabet is not very complex compared to the Chinese characters.
Posted by Aeolos on 09-17-2018
superlicca
Although the Chinese language is interesting to learn due to some Chinese drama, English is still easier to learn. Traveling all over the world will not be difficult since English is a universal language. I know that not everyone can speak English but I am sure that in every country there is someone who can speak English.
Posted by superlicca on 09-20-2018
jayjaydimson
I always wanted to try writing a Chinese characters, but I will still choose English characters.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 09-21-2018
superlicca
Chinese characters look interesting. You can express your thoughts with just a few characters. Unlike English words tend to be longer since you will need a complete sentence to express your thoughts.
Posted by superlicca on 09-23-2018
jayjaydimson
English is a universal language, and the English characters is very easy to understand since I used to see it usually.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 09-25-2018
superlicca
The fact that I live in the country where English is the second language, Chinese mandarin will be hard for me to learn and understand. English is easier to understand and speak. But given the chance, I would also love to learn Chinese Mandarin, the characters are interesting and I think you can write a long sentence in just a few characters. And understanding this language will make more excited about watching Chinese dramas. Chinese is also great when it comes to producing dramas.
Posted by superlicca on 09-26-2018
jayjaydimson
I'll choose English alphabet since it's my second language, and also the characters there can be seen on my alphabet.
Posted by jayjaydimson on 10-02-2018
jetselle
Since English dialect is the all inclusive dialect, I trust that English ought to be instructed to all individuals with the goal that they will have the capacity to convey well in or outside of their nation of origin. English is significantly more demanding to learn than Chinese characters since Chinese is confounded and difficult to get it. Not all individuals knows Chinese. There are numerous great investigation references that a man might use for them to take in the English dialect effortlessly.
Posted by jetselle on 10-03-2018
ElectorAlexander
Chinese also ends in the four walls of Asia and i don't think they have much influence on culture on other continent but the growth o English language is overshadowing other language and would still be the only language to break any barrier and that's thanks to globalization and civilization.
Posted by ElectorAlexander on 10-29-2018
theresajane
Though I voted for English, I must admit that I also want to learn Chinese. Well, I have learned English in school since Kindergarten up until now. It would be fun to learn a new language. Also, Chinese alphabet is so old and has a rich history that makes it beutiful. Also, with the characters that I see in movies of TV shows, it is so enticing to see them write the characters using brushes and paint, it is so artistic.
Posted by theresajane on 10-24-2018
ElectorAlexander
I think English language is easy to learn and doesn't require much things just to learn the basics and have a good speaker who you can exchange ideas and have a conversation with that's what you need to be good to go with English language
Posted by ElectorAlexander on 10-29-2018
jeffreyjose48
I prefer English alphabet than Chinese characters. Our school teaches us English language from Kindergarten until College. I have not learned any Chinese Character yet.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 10-30-2018
mcnasci24
Artistically speaking, I prefer Chinese characters, as each letter is beautiful and has its own stand-alone meaning. However, on the practical side of the issue, English characters are easier to learn and write, and the same letters are shared with several other languages like Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, among many others. Thus, it's better to learn the English alphabet as it will enable you to understand and learn other languages with relative ease.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 11-14-2018