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I'm learning traditional Chinese, and have heard/seen examples of 簡筆字, like how 聽 can often be written as ⿰口耳 in Taiwan. Every time I try to look this up, I just get directed to the same Quora thread mentioning it, the Ryakuji wikipedia page, and 簡體字. Now I realize that there can be similarities between 簡筆字 and 簡體字, but there also are differences, case and point with 聽.

So I was wondering if there were any resource on their use, where they are used, how they are used, as well as a reference to common practices. Like does 門 become 门 in Taiwanese 簡筆字 like in 簡體字 or Japanese Ryakuji, or is it always written 門.

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I believe you're looking for: 繁體俗字. Perhaps especially the "其他臺港俗字" section; here's a quick snippet:

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This article on Daily View is also quite interesting. They talk of a couple other examples:

「台式簡體」融合各式寫法 與中國簡體有所不同 .
這些台灣人自己發明的「台式簡體」又可稱為「繁體俗字」,大多是來自古文、日本漢字,也有些是從古文、日本漢字、中國簡體字變形,成為許多台灣人約定俗成的字,像是「転(轉)」、「亇(個)」、「奌(點)」、「対(對)」,另外還有人會將「聽」寫作「咡」,可能是受「口耳之學」成語影響。

很多人會誤以為「台式簡體」就是中國簡字體,事實上兩者不太一樣,所以並非將繁體字簡化就是中國簡體字。不過在填寫較正式的文件時,通常還是得使用繁體字。很多人看了網友的解釋後都表示「看了這篇長知識」、「原來是台式簡體」。

A fun picture as well:

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  • This is exactly what I'm looking for! Is there a searchable online resource were I can find and learn them?
    – Tosaku
    Jan 24, 2023 at 0:59
  • @Tosaku The wiki page has most of what you're looking for. Check the "其他臺港俗字" section and the reference links.
    – Mou某
    Jan 25, 2023 at 16:42
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I found these pages that might help you:

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...like how 聽 can often be written as ⿰口耳 in Taiwan.

Wrong. Both the 簡(寫)字(taiwan) and 簡體字(mainland) for 聽(繁字/繁體字) is 听 = 口 + 斤.

簡體字 is used exclusively in China. Its use in Taiwan is up to personal choice except rarely seen in formal publications and government documents/communications.

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  • User Mou某's answer seems to indicate that 咡 is indeed sometimes used instead of 听 Jan 23, 2023 at 23:27
  • @JohnFrazer Follow this link to see what 咡 means zdic.net/hans/%E5%92%A1.
    – r13
    Jan 24, 2023 at 0:17
  • @JohnFrazer Japanese 漢字 - 咡 kanji.jitenon.jp/kanjiy/13304.html (see content using google translate if you don't know Japanese.)
    – r13
    Jan 24, 2023 at 0:29
  • It's apparently short hand used by Taiwanese students.
    – Tosaku
    Jan 24, 2023 at 0:41
  • @Tosaku I came from Taiwan and used to write shorthand all the time, but never ever heard of or seen its uses.
    – r13
    Jan 24, 2023 at 1:23

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