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Difference Between Simplified & Traditional Chinese Characters
by Miss Lim Mandarin (MAMA)
Friday, 16 December 2022
Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese are two written forms of the Chinese language that are used in different parts of the world. While they are based on the same characters, known as Hanzi, there are some significant differences between the two forms.
One important difference is the way the two forms are used. Simplified Chinese is the written form of the Chinese language that is used in mainland China, while Traditional Chinese is the written form that is used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. This means that if you are in mainland China, you will see Simplified Chinese characters, while if you are in Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau, you will see Traditional Chinese characters.
Another difference is the number of characters used in the two forms. While both Simplified and Traditional Chinese use the same set of Hanzi characters, the number of characters used in each form is different. Simplified Chinese uses fewer characters than Traditional Chinese, and this can affect the way the language is written and spoken. For example, in Simplified Chinese, some words that were written using multiple characters in Traditional Chinese are now written using a single character. This can make Simplified Chinese easier to read and write, but it can also make it more difficult to understand the nuances of the language.
Overall, while Simplified and Traditional Chinese are based on the same characters, there are some significant differences between the two forms. Simplified Chinese is written using fewer strokes and in a more straightforward and systematic way, while Traditional Chinese is written using more strokes and in a more complex and artistic way.
Miss Lim has coached over 5000+ students in learning Malaysian Mandarin. She is a certified HRDCorp trainer and able to speak 5 languages which are Mandarin, Hokkien, Bahasa Malaysia, English, and Cantonese.
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