Why chinese is so damn hard

David Moser wrote a very interesting article named Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard. Here’s the outline:

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

I couldn’t agree more.