It seems like it takes forever to learn to handwrite Chinese characters. Currently I’m in Europe, so handwriting and reading is my focus. However I’m asking myself, is it worth it?
For the HSK test
The HSK test requires knowledge in handwriting Chinese characters. This is especially true for the higher levels of this test, namely HSK 5 and 6. I have to find out how much handwriting in need to pass this test. I’m sure handwriting will NOT be my strong point here, but I do need to pass the handwriting section. Yes I do want to do the HSK test at somepoint in the future. People like certificates
Who is handwriting anyway?
Most text is written on the computer today. So why even bother with handwriting Chinese characters. And if I’m somewhere in the middle of nowhere, and I need to take some notes with a pen and paper, I can still do it in English. I’m not a journalist, who needs to write down word-by-word notes.
It feels so incompete
This is the worst part I guess. I was asked if I can understand English a few times in my life. I answered yes. Yes meaning I can listen, speak, read and write it. What would my answer be for Chinese in 2 or 3 years from now? Yes, but I can’t write. That sounds like I picked up the language somewhere on the street, but never got any formal lessons in it. So strange. Also, there is some part inside me that says, that I should be able to write.
It takes up so much time
It takes to much time to lern to handwrite. Soooooo much.
I think we have talked about the ability to handwrite in Chinese before. But I haven’t found a final answer for myself, this topic is still going around in my head.
- Should I learn to handwrite Chinese characters?
- If yes, how many characters should I learn?