Chinese Department


Frequently Asked Questions

Simplified or Traditional script?

The Chinese Department at Reed teaches both simplified and traditional script from the beginning.  Students are expected to be able to read both scripts but are required to be able to write just one. In class, you can therefore expect that handouts, exams, quizzes, and other exercises typically will not provide you the same information written in both scripts but rather will alternate between them (e.g., one sentence or paragraph written only in simplified followed by another written only in traditional).