9? Nah, there are really only 6.
Still, four is enough for me.
Taiwan still officially uses traditional characters.
My teacher is from Taiwan, so that's what I'm learning. I do think it looks a lot better and it's honestly not that much harder to master.
Japanese are taught a total of 2,928 characters throughout primary & secondary school. I've learned all of those plus at least another 100 other uncommon & rare characters.
Hmm, I thought it was 1 945 characters.
What I prefer to do is memorize the stroke order through repetition and memorize the sound/meaning by associating the character with an image of what it is. My textbook uses this approach to a great extent.
I'm not fluent in either Japanese or Korean; I consider myself an intermediate in both.
That's still impressive because I consider those two of the hardest languages there are (understood as languages Anglophones study). I take it you picked up the bulk of it in Korea?