I am playing an online game played also by many Chinese people. The game has an instant Google translator - but translations are always bad, sometimes missing.
I would like to be able to read, and understand the posts, without the aid of the translator.
I looked into apps or sites to help me learn, but so far all I have seen is based on conversation. I do not care about pronounciation, or about correct way to handwrite letters. I do not want to say hello, good morning... or anything else.
I relate to this question: Reading Chinese without speaking it - when Chinese people learn to read and write, they already have the vocabulary and capability to converse. Learning it all at once is a giant task.
I seem to have a huge mental block, because... everything is so different.
I want to start by just learning basics of how the language is created: building blocks, how the words connect...
How can I get started, to learn to read the basics ? I am sure there are books, websites and apps, can anybody suggest some please ?