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Well, this is what Japanese speakers do when they look at a Chinese text – they have some understanding of it since they recognize the characters. One fundamental problem, though, is that in modern Chinese, the majority of words are made up of two characters. There are two types of dictionary for Chinese, one that gives character meanings (字典) and one that ...
Before learning Cantonese, I used to read a lot of Chinese texts -- and I still do, even Mandarin texts, even though I don't speak Mandarin -- and I'd use the Korean reading of sinograms. For instance, 我是法國人 would be "아 시 법 국 인" / "a shi pǒp kuk in". So indeed I was able to read (and write) Chinese without being able to speak it... :-)
Yes you can. Arthur Waley did, and we still owe him gratitude for beginning to open western eyes to Chinese literature. But that was 100 years ago, before electronics, before air travel, and Waley was a rare genius. Also Stumpy Joe Pete is entirely right. Profoundly deaf people can learn to read Chinese. But won't you say the words to yourself somehow ...
I believe so, but It's recommended to learn the pronunciation with it. learn the pronunciation you'll regret it if you dont
For Android, there is Pinyiner (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.astratech.chinesereader_free) . It works offline, you can even read books, mark new words and create flashcards.
If you could learn the meaning of most characters and understand them well enough to comprehend Chinese texts? Yes, you could. Chinese characters, Han4 Zi4, are just a system of signs. To remember a sign, we need to: (1) Remember its shape, in whatever way you like to. (2) Give it a name to call it, either for communication with others or talk to ...
EDIT: My answer to the first question is that the Official list of 2,000 characters contained in the book are what I would recommend. I am not qualified to answer regarding fluency and accept the answer of others. If you're interested in a good offline reference that you can study at length, I'd recommend McNaughton and Li's (1999) Reading & Writing ...
You would probably need to learn 500 for very basic communication, but to be able to talk to someone, 2000 is ok
I asked a friend in 2001, how best to learn Chinese and he pointed me to the Bopomofo phonetic alphabet, and the schools and textbooks that use it. That alphabet gave me very quickly an unambiguous tool for phonetic reading and writing so i didn't feel so entirely illiterate, it helped me learn pronunciation, helped me 'forget' my western phonetic patterns, ...
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