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How big is the Chinese kanji system?

Asked by R.Roanre, Last updated: Jun 04, 2020

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Carice Snow

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Carice Snow, Motivator, MA, California

Answered Nov 02, 2018

The Chinese Kanji is one of the biggest writing systems. It is not made up of alphabets but it is made up of unlimited characters. The exact number of the characters are unknown but there are known to be in tens of thousands. A large number of these characters are not being used at all.

Some characters were made by some scholars for fun and no one else uses them. These writing system is also commonly used in the Japanese writing system. About 2,000 kanji characters are in common use. The Chinese kanji is unarguable one of the biggest and largest writing systems in the world.

 

D. Gray

D. Gray

Answered May 31, 2018

Chinese kanji characters and script is one of the biggest of all modern writing scripts. Estimates say that the number of kanji in Chinese writing script is tens of thousands with some giving a direct number of around 50,000. It is said that the large amount of these kanji's are ones that used exclusively for certain historical sites and places that are all throughout the country. The word kanji comes from the man who is said to have invented Chinese script during the days when the country was the rule of the Yellow Emperor.

His name was Cangjie. Cangjie studied animals and they were the inspiration for his characters. Legend has it that when Cangjie was able to finish the development of the Chinese script that ghosts started to appear to people all throughout the country. Those first symbols that Cangjie wrote would be the inspiration for a language and a culture that is one of the richest that have ever existed. it can easily be said that Chinese script and kanji is one of the largest scripts on Earth.

 

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