The Chinese language is comparatively simple which makes learning the basics comparatively simple. Generally learning maybe 1500 characters is enough to have a basic communications skill. Many words in Chinese are made of one or more characters. Chinese also only 4 tones which are not hard to identify.
Games are one way to learn more by matching items to one of several characters, This can help reinforce the match in memory and once the neurons have been trained a person can then read a sign at a grocer to see what is offered on feature.
China developed a simplified character set as the traditional set is very difficult to write without making several mistakes. The modern simplified system is easier to read as well which has made education easier.
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The modern iPhone is now able to translate signage etc making life easier. Apple has worked hard to make travellers lives easier and it is possible for the iPhone to translate a conversions. The Google Translate app can handle images and spoken word and it presently supports 108 languages. You can download languages so that the app will work without internet. Still speaking a few words natively still makes for a positive impact. Still it is useful to be able to speak at least a few words to make travel easier. Chinese is spoken by 1.6 billion making it the most widely spoken language.
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