atitarev Posted July 31, 2007 at 05:15 AM Report Share Posted July 31, 2007 at 05:15 AM Theoretically, you are right, DrZero but people who go for the trouble and learn Chinese are not satisfied just to be able to understand and speak. You must create or get into a special environment for this - it's not easy to learn and pick up words without reading - a number of books, audio recordings, teachers who are going to explain the words to you without writing them down. Overseas born Chinese are a good example of this but many of them are unhappy about not being able to read and write. There's not enough material WITHOUT characters and not very useful or interesting. This was discussed in this forum - learning Chinese without learning to read is not practically possible. I would emphasize that learning to read and/or to write characters seriously slows down your understanding and speaking, although they are different skills. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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