sokuban wrote:The problem with Chu Nom is that it isn't meant for Vietnamese. It is more like bending the Chinese writing system to write Vietnamese.
> I know what you mean, but as I have been fooling around with it, I can tell you that it's not that bad! Memorising characters is slightly harder than Chinese itself BUT it's not impossible as I have already memorised in excess of 1000 Vietnamese invented characters in the past few months.
sokuban wrote:I'm not even sure if it is possible to learn Chu Nom without knowing Classical Chinese itself.
> Actually, you really don't! I know very little about Classical Chinese and I have memorised 1000 invented characters plus many Sino-Vietnamese characters too.
sokuban wrote:Realistically you can't get the whole country to be bilingual, so if you try to revive Chu Nom you'll end up with only a small minority of the population being literate.
> Revival of Chu Nom is unnecessary and in this age quite impractical as the Quoc Ngu script is the more suited script. It's easy to learn and has proven its worth. Also, Chu Nom may have been used officially until as recently as 1939 but there are a large number of modern words that had not yet been scribed.
sokuban wrote:Chu nom has lots of strokes so it isn't very practical. It is also very unorganized, with native words being written in a variety of creative ways.
> Yes, Chu Nom as a written script in general probably has more strokes than Chinese itself. In terms of standardisation - this has never happened unfortunately so there are many ways to write lots of words.
sokuban wrote:Simplification (and maybe standardization) of Chu Nom could help the situation, but it would be very difficult to pull off right.
> Even if Chu Nom doesn't become officially used again, it's an undeniable legacy of the Chinese influence on Vietnamese language. Hence, it must and fortunately is being preserved by various non profit organisations.
Just had a thought...what if I invented my own characters for modern Vietnamese words that had no character made for it? It would be interesting to get Chu Nom organised, standardised and maybe even modernised by having modern characters made?!