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Writing characters worth learning?

Posted by erikmowelin January 29, 2012 in the Group General Discussion.

Hey guys!

This question is probably not very original but it has been bothering me ever since I started learning Chinese. I simply cannot make up my mind if it is worth for me to really learn how to write the characters. It would, of course, be cool to be able to write the characters, but at the same time it seems to me it a task of Herculian proportions and a skill that is very quickly forgotten. I have been doing Skritter on and on for about a year and have learned to write maybe around 1000 characters or so. But it really bothers me that I have to practise daily and I simply cannot imagine myself doing this for the rest of my life. My aim is really to read and not really to write. Maybe it would be better to focus on more on just character regognition and not so much on being able to write every single character? What kind of approach does other people have here? 

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