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Do I really need to learn Chinese to read Chinese characters?

Of course there are Westerners who learn Mandarin or Cantonese or Korean or Japanese, but I wondered – can you learn to read Chinese characters without learning Chinese? I read somewhere that Mandarin and Cantonese, while having entirely different vocabularies, use the same written characters. So a person who speaks Mandarin, would “read” the characters in Mandarin. And the Cantonese speaker would read the exact same characters in Cantonese. So, could I read those same characters in English?… Read More