Spelling and texting is tough in Mandarin
February 6, 2010 2 Comments
I am glad that I don’t have to spell, read, or write in Mandarin. Some of the most complicated characters in the Mandarin language take twenty or more strokes to make. The most complicated character in the English language is Q and it only takes two strokes to make; one stroke if it is lower case.
I have trouble spelling words in English, whether a word is spelled with -able or –ible or if the word ends with -an or -en. Spelling in Mandarin is probably next to impossible, because instead of having 26 characters to choose from, there are over 10,000.
How do you memorize all of those characters?
If I was spelling in Mandarin, I would constantly go back and forth whether I should use the character that looks like the smashed Christmas tree or the character that looks like a bent track and field hurtle.
I think the only thing tougher than spelling in Mandarin, is texting in Mandarin. If you have a cell phone with a 45 button keyboard, how is that supposed to help you text in a language that has 10,000 characters?