whereas with japanese, i'm more confused because there are three different script forms. in order to be able to read something in japanese, would i have to know all three of these forms? and do i need to know about 3,000 characters for each to be able to read a japanese newspaper (which is what i was told i'd need to do, in order to perform the equivalent task in chinese.)
or is it less characters i'd need to know and memorize for japanese?
i'm curious to hear more about your experiences, if you've studied/are studying either of these languages. thanks guys =)
p.s. however do you manage the task of committing to memory, all these characters! i marvel at those of you who do. i don't know if my visual memory is capable of such. =/