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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.

• 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.

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




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

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

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


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.

• 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.

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




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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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