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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 The word Oriental is super outdated implies that Asia and Middle East are essentially the same when both regions are culturally different same with the languages.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.
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

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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
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
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
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
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
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

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