Aiyou, just heard about the Chinese Governments plan to do the first major change to characters since Simplified characters came in. Looks like they're planning to limit the number of characters to 2012 [this major change is planned to be introduced at chunjie 2012] which means a lot more characters will have multiple readings. They are also planning to limit the stroke count to 8. Some of the existing characters with higher stroke counts will add an element to some of the existing characters with very low stroke count to add clarity while still keeping under or equal to 8 strokes. Now I'm not sure how much to continue studying the current simple characters, but apparently the new characters are being kept top secret until their launch next Chinese New Year. Zenme ban?
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