To learn Chinese, I'm going to read the Chinese edition of a book I've already read in English. This is it:


Can someone please go into the "See Inside" feature, look at the preview pages, and tell me whether the book is in traditional or simplified Chinese?

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    simplified Chinese
    – Yang Muye
    Jun 15, 2014 at 15:13
  • @YangMuye Ok, good. Feel free to post an answer. I've been told learning simplified is a better idea since it's getting more and more popular, especially with the younger generation. Is this right?
    – user5780
    Jun 15, 2014 at 15:14
  • I'm not sure if this question is off-topic on this site, so I just posted the answer as comment. Many foreigners learn both simplified and traditional scripts. I think a more important concern is, which dialect you want to learn.
    – Yang Muye
    Jun 15, 2014 at 15:40
  • Well if you look at the "basic info" section on that site, you'll find this text: 语种: 简体中文. No need to go into the preview. Jun 16, 2014 at 3:28
  • Not to start a fight, but if you don't learn/understand traditional (繁體字) as well, then the meaning is largely lost. Simplified (简体字) often swap out parts w/similar pronunciation but unrelated meaning. Makes it harder to guess & understand why characters mean what they do. While you're book shopping, consider this book, which shows stroke order for traditional (important!) as well as the simplified variants amazon.com/Reading-Writing-Chinese-Traditional-Comprehensive/dp/…
    – mc01
    Jun 19, 2014 at 21:50

2 Answers 2


Just looking at the title you can tell it's simplified.


耸 is the simplified version 聳.

Although, technically possible, it's highly unlikely that a book with a simplified title would be "in" traditional.

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    And also 兰 is simplified for 蘭.
    – dda
    Jun 18, 2014 at 2:24

It is in simplified Chinese, you can see this on the bottom part of the page, enter image description here

The sentence in the red frame means: "Language: Simplified Chinese"

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