- Because the writing system is ridiculous.
- Because the language doesn’t have the common sense to use an alphabet.
- Because the writing system just ain’t very phonetic.
- Because you can’t cheat by using cognates.
- Because even looking up a word in the dictionary is complicated.
- Then there’s classical Chinese (wenyanwen).
- Because there are too many romanization methods and they all suck.
- Because tonal languages are weird.
- Because east is east and west is west, and the twain have only recently met.
I couldn’t agree more.