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I Hate Hanzi


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18 hours ago, Demonic_Duck said:

If you find it a slog and have no external requirements to learn it, it's little better than wasted time. Recognition and production are separate yet related skills.


Not that I can present any scientific evidence, but I think you're wrong that writing and recognizing are so separate and essentially learning to write is wasted time if you don't enjoy it. I believe learning to write Hanzi will make your recognition stronger and longer lasting (especially for rare characters). Even if you stop later and forget how to write many of them (like many Chinese nowadays) I think it's absolutely not wasted time.


2 hours ago, Jan Finster said:


I am quite certain, if I learned to write Hanzi, I would forget it pretty soon.


Maybe you forget how to write them, but I bet your recognition will be better than without learning how to write.


That said, I also think you shouldn't force yourself if you don't get any enjoyment out of it. If you want to try to learn how to write, I suggest not just writing out the same character over and over, but use a SRS system. That could be the same one you use for general vocabulary memorization, just for the words you want to be able to write you stop and try to write them before continuing to the next word.

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