A father speaks
[This is a guest post by Alex Wang, following up his remarks in "Learning to read and write Chinese" (7/11/16).]
The more I learn Chinese to teach my younger son Chinese reading and writing the more I realize for lack of better word how “ridiculous” it is for a “significant / modern” country to use such a reading and writing system. Perhaps I may be wrong because I’m not informed.
To provide some background, I grew up speaking only Chinese in the house. I went to Saturday school for a few years to learn a little bit of reading and writing but mostly forgot all of it by the time I came to Shenzhen 9 years ago. I did not learn pinyin; I was taught Bopomofo which I have forgotten entirely. I say this so that you understand my relative fluency in the spoken language. On reading characters, I can now recognize perhaps several hundred.