Juliet Capulet (euphoric1dr) wrote in linguaphiles,
Juliet Capulet

Traditional v Simplified Chinese.

So as I'm living here and studying, learning more Chinese...it seems as though Taiwan is the only country that uses the traditional characters for reading and writing. Am I correct in thinking this?

Most everyone tells me in: Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore, and Macau...they all use simplified, and only in Taiwan do they use the traditional.

I'm curious to know how this came to be? What are people's thoughts on this, especially those who've learnt either/or, or had to learn both?

I'd be interested also to know how this has affected the literacy of people in these countries...if for example, literacy rates have been negatively affected in Taiwan, due to people NEEDING to know the traditional script in order to be literate - which is more difficult than the simplified.

Just curious to know =) Thanks!

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