Grammar Lesson 1:
Traditional vs Simplified characters
In Mainland China simplified characters are used while in Taiwan and Hong Kong traditional characters. Characters were simplified to increase literacy rates in China.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of simplified and traditional characters:
Traditional / Simplified / Pinyin
嗎 / 吗 / ma5 = (particle indicating a question)
學 / 学 / xue2 = to learn
中國 / 中国 / zhong1 guo2 = China
愛 / 爱 = to love
Not all characters have been changed:
我 / 我 / wo3 = I, me
你 / 你 / ni3 = you
很 / 很 / hen3 = very
On this website traditional characters are displayed in black, while simplified ones are in green.