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FanJian: A Tool for Learning Simplified and Traditional Characters

A common source of confusion for students of the Chinese language lies in the difference between simplified and traditional characters.

Classes and books typically offer no reliable method for seeing a simplified character and systematically determining its traditional counterpart, nor vice versa where a simplified form exists. Instead, students must consult dictionaries and memorize character pairs one by one.

Now a resource called “FanJian”, offered by the University of California – Berkeley, is attempting to provide a better alternative. FanJian aims to provide a systematic and organized method which students who know only one form of a Chinese character can decipher the other form without assistance.

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