Cellphones killed the kanji star



The Japanese government is aghast at the thought of their complex writing system, kanji, being phased out by built-in cellphone dictionaries that make it a snap to identify a single character that has more than 30 strokes in it. The current predictive system needs the user to know just how to pronounce it, so getting the most difficult kanji down on screen is but a simple matter. Unfortunately, more and more of these are being used in text messages and emails compared to being handwritten, which could mean the lost of the ability to write correct kanji a few generations down the road. Having said this, when was the last time you wrote a letter to someone else, let alone a card?

Source: Digital World Tokyo

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