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Old 11-11-2016, 10:57 PM
 
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the goal of communication is too transmit information as fast as possible. You have memorize 500 characters just to read a freaking chinese newspaper. No one has time for that. And the world speaks english. Spanish and french still use roman characters. romanize it!
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Old 11-12-2016, 12:25 AM
 
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the goal of communication is too transmit information as fast as possible. You have memorize 500 characters just to read a freaking chinese newspaper. No one has time for that. And the world speaks english. Spanish and french still use roman characters. romanize it!
Or you can just not read them lol. Chinese media are all state-controlled anyways.
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Old 11-12-2016, 01:22 AM
 
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the goal of communication is too transmit information as fast as possible. You have memorize 500 characters just to read a freaking chinese newspaper. No one has time for that. And the world speaks english. Spanish and french still use roman characters. romanize it!
We learned the characters when we were kids. Usually a ten year old can read newspapers already. Before highschool, a Chinese student can read most novels without problem.
Reading characters can be very efficient too.

BTW, 500 is not sufficient. You need to know at least 3000 to read.
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Old 11-16-2016, 05:29 AM
 
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Chinese characters are a crutial aspect of East Asian cultures. As much as they arguably may help to wise up the population, as Father Rodrigues thought, they clearly may be quite detrimental too.
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Old 11-16-2016, 09:12 AM
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There are English words with 29 alphabets as well. I don't see how stroke count would be more of a big deal than alphabet count.
A very minor point - 29 letters, not alphabets. The alphabet is the sum of the different letters used.
The most commonly used alphabet has 26 letters.
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Old 11-16-2016, 09:26 AM
 
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A very minor point - 29 letters, not alphabets. The alphabet is the sum of the different letters used.
Oh yeah I forgot lol.
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Old 11-16-2016, 01:59 PM
 
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A high stroke count is more difficult than a large number of letters in a word, because each letter has phonetic value which aids greatly in remembering the spelling. English is not the best example because of its irregularities, but most languages which use an alphabet are quite phonetic.
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Old 11-16-2016, 05:38 PM
 
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A high stroke count is more difficult than a large number of letters in a word, because each letter has phonetic value which aids greatly in remembering the spelling. English is not the best example because of its irregularities, but most languages which use an alphabet are quite phonetic.
Spanish probably being the most famous example
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Old 11-16-2016, 06:34 PM
 
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Spanish probably being the most famous example
Spanish is better than English, but its spelling still has its weak points (silent H, lack of distinction between B/V in most dialects, etc.) A very good example of one-to-one sound-letter correspondence is Finnish.
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:40 AM
 
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Very difficult to learn, and unlike romanized languages, one cannot guess a pronunciation by phonetically sounding it out. However, I find Chinese characters quite aesthetically pleasing. It lends itself readily to artistic interpretations via calligraphy, and under the hands of the right person, can be quite beautiful.

I have a framed scroll composed of Chinese characters for my and my husband's names together. Silly I know, but it looks very nice to us (but only OK calligraphy, according to a Chinese friend), so on the wall it goes
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