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Is it easy for native Japanese speakers to remember simplified Chinese characters?

Japanese learners of Standard Chinese have both advantages and disadvantages compared to native speakers of other languages. (I will simply write "Chinese" from here on.) According to Hu Xinghua, ...
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Which alphabet should I learn for Tatar?

The choice between the writing systems will depend on the group of people you want to communicate with in Tatar. Both Kazan Tatar and Crimean Tatar can be written in Cyrillic, while İske imlâ is ...
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Does learning the stroke order in Chinese help with learning that language?

Learning the stroke order probably does not help with learning the spoken language. However, with regard to the written language, the arguments that come closest to cognitive benefits are related to ...
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How to handle learning a language at the same time as learning its writing system

I think you need to learn at least a basic vocabulary along with the target language (basic) written characters first. Then move to free conversation (meaning conversation that is not guided by an ...
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Is there evidence that learning a language written with the same alphabet as your native language can make you learn the language faster?

Clearly, learning a new language with a similar writing system to your own will be easier in many important ways. Even if the pronunciation and spelling rules are completely different, simply not ...
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Mnemonics for learning Russian alphabet (Cyrillic)?

Learn to Read Russian in 15 Minutes by Peter Starr Northrop and Ryan Estrada uses a number of mnemonics. For example, Д is a dancer, Р is an R with a leg ripped off, П is a podium that makes a p ...
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Evidence that learning radicals speeds up character learning in Chinese?

The 1999 article "Using Radicals in Teaching Chinese Characters to Second Language Learners" by Marcus Tuft and Kevin Chung reported on a study where students who new nothing about the Chinese writing ...
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Mnemonics for learning Hangul?

Ryan Estrada's Learn to Read Korean in 15 Minutes uses mnemonics. For example, for the consonants: ㅂ looks like a bucket and is pronounced 'b' (the first consonant in 'bucket); ㅁ looks like a map and ...
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How can I learn to read and write Spanish in Aljamiado (Arabic) characters?

What I can recommend is Glosario de voces ibéricas y latinas usadas entre los mozárabes by Don Francisco Javier Simonet. Although it focuses on Mozarabic rather than [Old] Spanish, it has a lot of ...
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Does learning the stroke order in Chinese help with learning that language?

Short answer: no. Long answer: no, but it increases overall fluency and will help your legibility. Chinese (as well as other character-based language systems) can have characters that seem to differ ...
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Is it necessary to learn the characters of a language that uses logograms [Japanese]?

(Since this question is just as relevant to Chinese as to Japanese, I will cite a few sources about learning Chinese.) Learning Japanese kanji or Chinese hanzi takes a lot of time. As far as I know, ...
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Are there any accurate online resources for learning to write Devanagari?

The stroke order is not important. You can draw the "ka" as you wish. But most people follow the way that you described in the first bullet as it's more natural that way. Usually people draw the ...
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Way to learn Persian (Perso-Arabic) alphabet

I'm answering your question based on the Arabic alphabet! You should try to learn the letters based on their position in a word! Learning a couple of words might help for the start, but isn't a good ...
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Mnemonics for learning Russian alphabet (Cyrillic)?

Memrise has several courses that focus solely on the Russian alphabet and provides mnemonics plus the ability to add your own. Some are better than others so I suggest trying a few briefly before you ...
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Mnemonics for learning hiragana and katakana (other than Heisig)?

One handy resource is Kana Pict-o-graphix by Michael Rowley (Stone Bridge Press, 1995). This is a pocket-sized book (roughly 7 by 13 cm) containing just 70 pages. It contains a short introduction, ...
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Where can I learn about maya hieroglyphs?

There are several resources, especially in book format: Sylvanus Griswold Morley: An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs. Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, ...
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Good reference on Devanagari typography and alphabet learning

There are books that teach you how to write Devanagari, for example, Rupert Snell: Read and Write Hindi Script. Teach Yourself. McGraw-Hill, 2010. Elvira Friedrich: Einführung in die indischen ...
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Mnemonics for learning Hangul?

This is a YouTube video titled Learn to Read Korean in 5 Minutes (seriously); it covers the vast majority of the symbols that compose Hangul in a short and easy to understand format.
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Mnemonics for learning Russian alphabet (Cyrillic)?

I had previously learned the Greek alphabet before learning the Cyrillic one. Being able to mentally map Cyrillic letters to their corresponding Greek ones was helpful to me. Г = Γ Д = Δ Л = Λ П = Π ...
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Are there any good resources for learning Thai stroke order?

This question specifically asks for resources, but I believe there are no such resources (like Web sites or books) simply because the writing rules are fairly simple. My answer will focus on these ...
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Is it easy for native Japanese speakers to remember simplified Chinese characters?

Yes it is. However it is hard for Japanese to learn Chinese pronunciation because Japanese and Chinese read same kanji differently, for example Japanese read 中 as "chuu" but Chinese "zhong."
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At what level of Chinese or Japanese should one start learning the writing system to avoid a plateau?

I can only say something about Chinese. According to my experience, when you are a beginner, the learning of the spoken language is quite independent of the learning of the written language. That is, ...
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Is there an online resource that transliterates from IPA into different writing systems?

After several attempts to find the type of online service you are looking for, I concluded that such a resources was unlikely to exist. (However, see the end of my response.) There are several reasons ...
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Mnemonics for learning Greek alphabet?

Mathematical notation is a home to a great number of mnemonics, though they are mostly useful if one is fluent in mathematics, physics, statistics, or a related field. For example: Capital sigma, ...
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Mnemonics for learning vocabulary and complex writing for people with aphantasia

This is a really interesting question. As a Chinese instructor, I often encounter students who have great difficulty learning Chinese characters. It is impossible to say whether any (or many) of these ...
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Are there natural languages with logographic systems that don't require learning the spoken language?

Your perspective intrigued me, so I'll share with you what I know of the Chinese language. Among Chinese, when a speaker of a (regional) dialect speaks with a thick accent and others can't understand ...
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How can I learn reading Telugu texts, if I already know Kannada Scripts?

Yes, learning Telugu script is a little bit of effort, but they are really similar. I would think you can learn it in less than a day. Here is the basic Kannada script, which is sounds like you ...
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How many Hanzi (Chinese characters) are theoretically possible to learn per day using Heisig's RTH?

Claims about how many characters you can learn in a day, a week or a year vary widely. In The Chinese Language: Its History and Current Usage (2006), professor Daniel Kane wrote (page 55, my emphasis),...
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Complete intro to the structure of Tibetan letters

The five-minute video 學寫西藏字母 How To Write Tibetan Alphabet by Lhaike Digital Culture Inc. (LDCI) shows how the Tibetan basic alphabet is written. For each syllable, it gives the pronunciation (in ...
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Is teaching how to write a particular language, its character formation etc. a part of language teaching?

If the language uses a logographic writing system, than teaching how to write is definitely part of language teaching. However, when and how the writing system is introduced depends on the teaching ...
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