And regarding the so-called “difficulty” of memorizing over 3000 characters, just remember that like the Latin alphabet (which also contains several thousand “words”), Chinese characters have their own logic which simplifies memorizing to the rules and meanings of strokes made.
Likewise, people ask, how many characters does a Chinese high school graduate know?
Grade 7 to Grade 9: can read 3500 characters, and write 3000 characters. Children go to grade 1 at the age of 7 and when they graduated from the primary school (grade 6), they should know at least 2500 characters, and the target made by the China Ministry of Education is as follows: grade 1~2: learn 1600 characters.
How long does it take to become fluent in Mandarin?
However, to become fluent, experts estimate that it'll take 2,200 class hours. If you put the rest of your life on hold and focused only on studying Chinese – at 5 hours of practice a day, it would take you 88 weeks. When it comes to Chinese, you have two options - Mandarin or Cantonese.