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If you learn about a thousand a year, effectively three a day, it will take about three years.
You will be bumping into rare characters for the rest of your life! The Morohashi dictionary lists over 70,000.

What's all this about Traditional Characters and Simplified Characters?

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Simplified Characters are used in Mainland China and Singapore. Traditional Characters are used elsewhere. Many characters did not change during the reform.

In this course's Conversations Conversation vocabularies and Dictionary, Traditional Characters are written in brackets, except for easily recognizable recognisable Simplified elements such as: 讠(言),贝(貝),见(見),金(金),马(馬),鸟(鳥),门,鸟(鳥),门(門) and 鱼(魚).

Do you just have to memorise them?

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