I just want to contribute my 2 cents on the above topic: I read somewhere that President Ma (Taiwan) once said that if you know traditional Chinese then you know simplified Chinese, but if you know simplified Chinese you may not necessarily know traditional Chinese. As a Chinese instructor at US univ I tend to agree with him (non-bias politically.) I often perform or draw for my students to demonstrate why a pictorial character is formed the way it is. They are so fascinated that they remember the anecdotes and write back to me as I wrote. So here you have it. Good to know both. Because they are connected. if you have to choose one. Do what reality requires you.
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