[quote=“Hellstorm”]But if you studied Japanese before, there should not be that much of an issue with the Hanzi, right? You should actually find it much easier to use them.
But: From my own experience, I can tell you that if you have learned Japanese before, try not to use Hanzi. I have fallen into that trap the first two years I learned Chinese, and I think it really stopped me being able to learn Chinese better. This is mainly to the point that if I see a Chinese text, I already know the words from Japanese and thus will not learn the pronounciation that intensively. I will just think “Ah, this word I already know, so no need to learn it”. But, the first time you actually talk with somebody, you will have no idea what he is saying because you did not learn the word/pronounciation.
Ok, this may not be the case for you anymore, because you are in Taiwan for that long, but I tend to make all my vocabulary learning only in Pinyin. Of course, I can all the characters, and am usually able to write them as well, but if I e.g. do vocabulary list, I will only write Pinyin and German on it. Characters will often distract you, because you tend to learn only how they are read, not the recognition of the pronounciation.
This is my personal experience.
But, learning to write characters is not much of a waste, I think. If you want to write some letters in Chinese, it is definitely good to be able to write them. Also, it makes fun.[/quote]
You are absolutely right about it distracting me from the audio interpretation, at least my first 2 months here my reading was way better than my listening or speaking, (from nihongo).
But now, I have heard enough Chinese chatter to get past that, and have been outgoing in trying to make bilingual local friends who don’t mind if I throw in a few Chinese utterances here and there.
However, Book 3 from the PAVC series is good in that in the dialogues, it gives you the characters with tone marks above them. So if you remember the pinyin, (which is easy to do growing up with the latin alphabet) you can’t screw up the tone because it is right there.
I just wish magazines had tone marks over them. . . Because PAVC is really, DULL… Ha Ha…