This website a great online resource for learning languages run by Olly Richards. Reviews and Testimonials. It remains an academic question as to how many characters are needed to define a person as literate, estimates range between 2, Chinese characters for basic literacy ie: Modern Chinese has many homophones ; thus the same spoken syllable may be represented by many characters, depending on meaning.
The Japanese hiragana script is also derived from this script.
Chinese Lexicography: All Immersion. Written Japanese also includes a pair of syllabaries known as kana , derived by simplifying Chinese characters selected to represent syllables of Japanese.