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I had the same question as the OP of What is the story or reason of how 龙 came from 龍? and I like visuals given by Stan. The hardest part for me in Chinese is remembering the strokes of these simplified characters that came from traditional characters that don't seem very alike. Is there a website/book that explicitly deals with this?

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Traditional Chinese refers to Chinese characters that does not contain newly created characters or character substitutions performed after 1946. After new China was founded in 1949, entered a new phase in simplified Chinese characters, simplified characters adapted to early literacy movement. So, Chinese simplified largely promoted the rapid growth of the national. But the policy problem, Taiwan still use traditional Chinese. How to simplified characters came to be? I can recommend the book. enter image description here

You also can check our Chinese character study card. enter image description here

You can find more study cards in https://www.pinterest.com/studychinese/learn-chinese-characters-with-hanbridge-mandarin/

  • I haven't read this book. But it seems that this book is just an illustrated excerpt of Shuowen Jiezi, which is a dictionary on the etymology of traditional Chinese characters instead of simplified ones. – ltux Jul 11 '16 at 11:36
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There is no specific rules about how they became simplified Chinese, there is a group of expert did that a few decades ago, the goal is to make it easier to write, and don't lose it's original shape a lot. There is actually even a easier version than the current simplified Chinese, but it lost the spirit of Chinese character, so they were abandoned.

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