- There are two standard character sets of printed contemporary Chinese written language: Simplified Chinese characters (简体字) and Traditional Chinese characters (繁体字).
- Simplified Chinese characters are the Chinese characters officially simplified by the government of the China in an attempt to promote literacy.
- Besides China, simplified Chinese characters are used in Singapore as well as Malaysia. While traditional Chinese characters are used in the Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
- Simplified character forms were created by decreasing the number of strokes and simplifying the forms of a sizable proportion of traditional Chinese characters.
- Some characters were simplified by applying regular rules; for example, by replacing all occurrences of a certain component with a simpler variant.
||观（觀） 现（現） 觉（覺）
||顺（順） 颗（顆） 须（須）
||贪（貪） 则（則） 财（財）
||级（級） 纪（紀） 继（繼）
||读（讀） 计（計） 说（說）
||辆（輛） 软（軟） 轻（輕）
||针（針） 钓（釣） 锡（錫）
||问（問） 闹（鬧） 闷（悶）
||饮（飲） 饥（飢） 饭（飯）
||驴（驢） 吗（嗎） 妈（媽）
||鲁（魯） 鲤（鯉） 鲨（鯊）
||鹅（鵝） 鸭（鴨） 鸦（鴉）
- Some characters were simplified irregularly, however, and some simplified characters are very dissimilar to and unpredictable from traditional characters.
干(乾), 关(關), 后(後)
- Finally, many characters were left untouched by simplification, and are thus identical between the traditional and simplified Chinese orthographies.
- For more reference:
Learn a Chinese Character a Day