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What is the correct way to call one of the scripts used for Chinese? Chinese simplified, or simplified Chinese?

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If anything it should be Chinese, simplified. –  Humphrey Bogart Aug 24 '10 at 10:53
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Anecdotally, all the Chinese learners that I know refer to it as "Chinese simplified" or just "simplified" or "traditional".

According to google, it's the most common phrase.

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"Simplified Chinese" is the normal way to describe this. But as far as I know, it refers to the system of writing, not the language. Hence it is "Simplified Chinese characters" (link to Wikipedia article).

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That's correct; it would be like to say that Cyrillic is a language. Thank you for the note; I fixed the question. –  kiamlaluno Aug 21 '10 at 8:18
    
The answer is the same. –  delete Aug 21 '10 at 9:22
    
+1 Your are right they simplified i.g. bird from 鳥 to 鸟. –  stacker Aug 21 '10 at 9:34
    
@stacker: still doesn't look like a bird to me.. –  Claudiu Nov 17 '10 at 18:32
    
@kiamlaluno: Hmm. I'm actually not sure that you are right; while alphabetical writing systems certainly do not qualify as languages, it's a bit fuzzier with ideograph-based writing systems: each ideograph actually has its own meaning. In fact, "Chinese" is arguably not the name of a spoken language (though the Party may disagree!): rather, there are such languages as Mandarin, "Wu", and "Yue" (to pick the first three listed in the Wikipedia article), all of which share a common written language (which is Chinese). –  SamB Jan 14 '11 at 20:58
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I've studied Mandarin for years and all references I've come across, from course titles to textbooks have been to simplified Chinese. Incidentally, I wish that I'd had the option to study traditional Chinese at a local university.

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