It is said that Chinese people typically use around 3000-4000 characters for most communication. But Chinese characters are just building blocks. You can virtually form over hundreds of thousand possible words from those blocks according to word-formation-conventions. BUt of course, not every combination is possible and reasonable.hello there ,
i recently wanted to learn Chinese.but what is bothering me is that it has so many characters. i heard it is around 50.000 .is that true? do i have to learn that much to be able to read and write chinese?
thanks in advance for replies.
Slhtn, if you can read 3000 characters - and you know the character combinations they make - you can read practically anything written in the last 100 years. I'd say it's beyond intermediate.Thank you both for replies.
So you're saying 3000 characters are enough for an intermediate speaker.
I felt relieved now. ^_^
Additionally, a sizeable portion is characters only used in obscure names which you might encounter at the very most once in a lifetime.Hi,
An extra note on "50,000".
E. Wilkinson, in his tremendously interesting manual "Chinese History", discusses the "60,000 - 100,000 characters" in a chapter called 'misleading statistics'.
The number itself is not wrong, but it should be interpreted in a correct way.
The high number includes 'dead' characters, graphic variants, Japanese characters, what he calls 'dialect characters' and any number of other types of character long since forgotten.
Some examples are;The high number includes 'dead' characters, graphic variants, Japanese characters, what he calls 'dialect characters' (...)
A trick, see if it helps: I find that going to Karaoke with my Chinese friends has improved a lot my reading: even though I still can't sing for the life of me, I am now able to read about 60 to 70% of the songs' subtitles.Practice makes perfect.
Learning Chinese is similar to learning any other language that is in this world. It is impossible to know all Chinese characters by heart, there are just too many. Learning the basics will enable you to converse quite smoothly, as long as you keep on learning and improving. Read Chinese books, sing Chinese songs and get a Chinese penpals will put you on a fast track to perfection (well, near to perfection as there is nothing perfect in this world).
First, just like everyone else has put it, you don't have to learn this many.Hello there ,
I recently wanted to learn Chinese._But what is bothering me is that it has so many characters. I heard it is around 50.000._Is that true? Do I have to learn that much to be able to read and write Chinese?
Thanks in advance for replies.
There is a saying called "有邊讀邊". "When there is a radical, read the radical. It can get us right or close to right for many cases. But it is just not necessarily so. Some words just have other pronunciations for no apparent reason.First, just like everyone else has put it, you don't have to learn this many.
Second, you may find it extremely difficult when you just begin. But it'll be easier and easier as time wears on. Eg, if you know 一 means 1, you will certainly know that 二 means 2 and 三 means 3. if you know 人 means "person", 木 means "wood, tree", you don't need even one minute to memorize that 众 means "many people" and 森林 means "forest".
Well, you'll have to memorize the pronunciation and tone anyway. But also there're some tricks to help you.
Most chinese characters are made of two parts, one indicating the meaning and the other the sound. OK, example.
Few guys know the character 鲽. Some may never come across with it in his entire life. But everyone familiar with Chinese or Japanese will know that it refers to a fish since it has a "鱼"(fish). And almost everyone knows it is pronouced something like (die2 in Mandarin, ちょう in Japanese)[well, I don't think this character exists in Japanese, but you can have a little test with native speakers], because everyone knows 碟(meaning: plate; pronunciation:die2. 石 means stone) and 蝶(meaning:butterfly; pronunciation:die2. 虫 means worm,larva)
My advice, if you wanna give it a try, just kick it off. You may find more interesting things.
Many Chinese words are compound words. it means that they are not characters. I've learnt chinese for 20 years. still there are some words that I dont know........so, you'll be all right.I read that there is 50 000 characters..
but is it posible to learn every?
or some are "unlearnable" (historical).
Of coruse I don't wanna learn them all...
just I wonder if there is a person who knows it all...
Often less than 5000 Chinese characters are regularly used for the majority Chinese.Thanks!
I know already maybe 2 000 characters...
since I am learnign for long time..
but I wondered if there is a person who knows all these 50 000...