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You're right that most of the time, you use a computer or cell phone when "writing" Chinese characters. In fact, many Chinese will tell you that - beside their own name (used as a signature) - they almost never write any Chinese characters by hand. Today, writing Chinese characters is more for memorization than for practical purposes. You might know a few ...


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I think you are right in your desire to put as much time as possible into the speaking and listening aspects of Chinese. But there are various reasons why it's important to put in the effort to learn Chinese characters, even though the initial investment of time is quite large. As others have explained, passive recognition is no substitute for active ...


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There is nothing in the linguistic research that proves that writing the characters physically improves one's ability to recognize them in context (as in reading). If that were true, physically handicapped people who cannot write or speak would not be able to read or comprehend language, and clearly that is not the case. Virtually all of the "evidence" ...


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I have been able to purchase in China books that have different styles of handwriting including shortcuts. They also have a layer of thin paper over the top of each page so you can trace. You can also look for books that show common characters written in different styles from print, traditional to script etc. This is not something you will be taught unless ...


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I would like to answer this question with an analogy to English. In English, You may not learn how to spell the word, and you could only rememeber the pronunciation and the meanings for every word, so you can "speak" English,but you can't write them down or read them. I believe in old times, when few people could get well educated, this might happen (in ...


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I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier and I'm even more surprised no one thought of this before me, well, I'm sure someone did just didn't find it on the internet. I was installing fonts and noticed some of the fonts that came with my operating system - OS X Mountain Lion - was cursive Chinese. So a thought occurred to me. Cut and paste the same ...


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My list of corrections: 西红柿 (tomato) 侧 鱼. As for what fish this is, I had to google. 豆干 (dried bean curd) rather than 豆子, which is the whole bean itself] 猪肝 (pig liver) rather than 猪肺 (pig lung)


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One such website is: http://www.hanzigrids.com Another website is http://cop.yes-chinese.com/hanban/tzg/ but it has less features and you can't choose your font.


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I don't think that you are taught to write "cursive" in Chinese, most of it is something people just adapt naturally. You just need a really good grasp of characters to understand it. Sometimes people write fast and tend to simplify parts. There is no standard mold for cursive like in english. But what you can do is read a lot of handwritten documents, just ...


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They can understand and will occasionally use simplified Chinese 1、台湾老的文化人都认识简体字。过去,台湾像大陆一样流行简体字。只是在中华人民共和国政府宣布实行简化字方案后,台湾当局才不许公共场合出现简体字,以表示不承认共党政府。但是,老人手写字依然有用简体字。我曾在回答关于“煎体字”问体中附一张照片,是1958年蒋介石写给郝伯村的信,信中就有几十个与我们完全一样的简体字。 2、书法爱好者认识简体字。简体字大量是行书、草书规范化。经常看古人书帖自然会认识简体字。 ...


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One advantage of learning how to handwrite characters is that it makes it easier to distinguish similar-looking characters in unfamiliar contexts. If you can't handwrite you might still be able to correctly read known words like 快乐 and 决定, but if you encounter a new word such as 决心 it's sometimes hard to tell whether the first character is kuài or jué ...


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Ok, this is similar to another question about why certain people refer to 土豆 as peanuts and some as potato and some other people as something else. Prior to the official process of simplification of characters there has already been different ways in which people were simplifying writing different characters, it didn't just happen overnight. So for certain ...


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The modern handwriting scripts of Chinese characters are 楷书, 行书 and 草书. 楷书 is the standard and official handwriting script, which is made up by 笔画 (strokes) and looks like printing script. It is the only handwriting script taught in primary schools in China, because it is the only legal standard of handwriting script. 行书 is the handwriting script that ...


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You are right, from a practical standpoint, spending 50% of your time (as you say, I haven't measured it) might seem a little too much. Although as it was said, practicing writing not only improves your writing but also your reading as you record the characters' forms in your subconscious (so to speak) In my case, writing is what I like most of ...


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People in Hong Kong and Taiwan use Traditional Chinese officially, both in Handwriting and Documents, not just because it's aesthetically more beautiful, but also because Traditional Chinese retains the personality and original shape of words compared to the simplified version. Taiwan especially uses Traditional Chinese as an opposition to Mainland China's ...


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If you actually write out Chinese characters, you will get a better feel for the "structure" of the language. That's because they can be grouped in "families." For instance, this word 妈 means "mother," and is pronounced ma (first tone). Take away the woman radical to the left, and you get ma (third tone), which means "horse," which is the phonetic, or ...


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I think you've pretty much answered your question. No there is no exact equivalent - an easily-memorised group of phrases that you can write repeatedly, to practice handwriting. There are two options: For basic practice of writing strokes, Eight Principles of Yong is fine; you may even practice one stroke repeatedly, for example if you were doing brush ...


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Some reasons I'm surprised weren't mentioned above: 1) Written stroke order is still the primary system for looking up characters in a dictionary! Yes, you can break them down by radicals & composition, but if you don't know stroke count/order (because you've never written them yourself) you'll likely fail to find what you're looking for. 2) If you ...


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I'd say to be pragmatic, you should learn it to an extent, but not to the degree that a University will force upon you. Chinese characters are composed of radicals. There are relatively few radicals, compared to the sheer number of composite characters. And that makes sense, from a mathematical point of view. You have radicals x, y, and z, now how many ...


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There are a lot of grids available Hanzi Practice Sheets II and a free customizable one here Hanzi Practice Sheets. There is also Arch Chinese.



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