I felt a random urge today to learn to read Chinese. Why not?, I thought to myself. How hard can it possibly be to learn 30 000 characters?
Also, that way I can embarass all my lame Chinese-Canadian friends who can’t read a Chinese menu when we have dim sum. And let’s face it, nothing is better than making Chinese people feel guilty.
I found this great web site with a list of the 2000 most popular characters.
(Added: I wonder how people think differently when they write a pictogram based language like Chinese?)