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Posted 24 May 2010 - 07:56 PM
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:15 AM
Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:30 AM
Find a list of traditional characters ranked according to frequency.
Go through the list one by one noting the characters that you don't recognize.
Learn those characters.
If you have the NJStar Chinese Word Processor program, you can use that program to toggle between simplified and traditional to find the simplified equivalents for the traditional characters that you don't recognize.
It's a shareware program so you can get a working copy for free at their site. It won't have all the features of the paid registered version but the simplified to traditional conversion part is included.
I can read and write about 3000 characters, and I do know a few traditional characters already, (like the ones which have just got a different radical， i.e. 谢 and 謝）.
Since you already know 3,000 characters learning a few more should be a breeze.
A lot of the simplified characters only had the radical part changed so after learning the traditional way of writing the few radicals that were changed you're good to go.
This shouldn't take more than a few days since the traditional way of writing some of these radicals are already a part of the simplified character set as stand alone characters.
谢 (謝), 言(讠) "speech" is a part of simplified.
銅 (铜), 金(钅) "gold; metal" is a part of simplified.
餛 (馄), 食(饣) "eat; foodstuff" is a part of simplified.
Sometimes the non-radical part is radically different between trad. and simp. but the vast majority aren't.
Also note that for the food radical, when it's a component in a larger character it's written with one less stroke.
The rest of the simplifications are mostly variant forms that have been used for centuries, either derived from cursive script or have had component sections removed.
Here is a traditional character ranking:
Traditional Character Ranking
Good luck. Chinese learning shouldn't be made harder than it should be.
Posted 25 May 2010 - 10:46 AM
If you already know 3000 characters, it'll take you only about 10 hours to get comfortable reading in traditional.
You can see the simplifications here in this table published by the PRC Ministry of Education:
See some earlier threads about making the jump from simplified characters to traditional.
This means that there are 500 characters that are significantly different between the two sets, and the rest appear to me to be easy (e.g. 説 = 说, 錢 = 钱, etc.)
Traditional vs Simplified characters
Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:31 PM
Gato's 10 hour estimate may be a bit optimistic for a non-native speaker, but a month is certainly enough. Make flashcards and go through them every day. You'll be ready for Taiwan in no time.
In my experience, getting comfortable with 3000 characters is the hard part. Switching from simplified to traditional, or vice-versa, is easy.
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In general for me it has been easier to memorise fantizi comparing to jiantizi because they simply make more sense
I have found that to be the case also. Traditional characters tend to give more visual information to the character's meaning.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:32 AM
Scott, the situation I'm in is quite similar to the one listed in this post. I'm finishing my fourth year of studying Simplified characters at a university. I, too, have just been offered a scholarship to study in Taiwan. Yahooooo!!!
I'll be making the transition from Simplified to Traditional characters in Taiwan. Do you have any advice/comments/input regarding switching characters and/or living in Taiwan? I'll listen to everything you're willing to share.
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