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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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I've looked for a similar font (with pinyin on top, or bottom) and have not found anything. There are a lot of naysayers on this thread, and I'm not sure why. Such a font would be extremely useful, even given the limitations. Creation of such a font would be automatic using publicly available databases, and even if the original fonts were copyrighted, one ...


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I'm not sure if this is what you are after: http://pub.mtholyoke.edu/journal/lrc/entry/chinese_readability_analysis


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According to Zhonghua Zihai, the largest Chinese character dictionary, there are more than 85,000 Chinese characters! However, research (Huang 1994 and Da 2004) shows that the most frequently used 1200 Chinese Characters account for about 90% of the characters occurring in the real world. Therefore, this is about the number of characters needed for a learner ...


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According to this paper, Chinese is indeed read at a measurably faster speed than English.


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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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In my experience, the speed of reading Chinese and reading English are just not comparable. I can read a long paragraph written in Chinese at a single glance, and get almost all the essential meaning. Also, I could scan and locate the information I need in a hell long article almost instantly, provided it must be written in Chinese. I am trying to find a way ...


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as Stumpy Joe Pete said, you'll be hard pressed to find a font that works in all cases, and that you may want to look into a browser extension that highlights, magnifies, and explains the character you've hovered over. I recommend Pera Pera Kun: http://www.perapera.org/ They have extensions for FireFox and Chrome. Here's a snapshot: I have never seen ...


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Based on your demand, here are my picks. They're locally famous. China mainland 南方人物周刊, a featured weekly on influencing people, with some exclusive interviews. 南方周末, a weekly on politics, economics, culture, and especially recent (past week) controversial topics. 新京报, a daily with Beijing (or China) features. Founded in 2003. 财经网, a good source for ...


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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.


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I found one tool via the website that NewLong linked to in his/her answer: Chinese Vocabulary Profiler. It does the following: A distribution of characters across ranges of frequency (how many characters fall within the 250 most common, how many within 251-500). Since difficult characters is at least part of the difficulty of a text, this is part of the ...


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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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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 ...


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You would probably need to learn 500 for very basic communication, but to be able to talk to someone, 2000 is ok



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