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#18 The Controversy Between Simplified and Traditional Characters Explained

Episode Summary

John and Jared discuss the controversial subject of simplified vs traditional characters. Guest interview with Phil Crimmins, professional drummer and founder of Mandarin Blueprint.

Episode Notes

How did we get two systems of Chinese characters? John and Jared discuss why we have simplified and traditional characters, how it all came about, and dissect what sometimes can be a controversial subject among the Chinese language community. You’ll learn how to decide which one is best for you to learn.

Guest interview is with Phil Crimmins, founder of Mandarin Blueprint. He was pursuing a career as a professional drummer in China when he decided to get serious about learning Chinese. He shares with us the methods he used to help him master Chinese characters.

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