How long does it take Chinese kids to become fully fluent in mandarin? Watch
Ah true but I was wondering since there are a lot of Chinese characters to learn to become fully fluent, what is the age that a child becomes fluent in writing a long with the speaking ?
it's still a lot but we would certainly be capable of learning many more letters than 26
In China, I reckon they must learn about 3000-4000 by the end of school.
Probably the same amount of time it takes british kids to become fluent in English if they live in Britain and go to school there
I know a few Hong Kongese. They have quite basic Mandarin, even after having been taught it in school for 15 years. To answer the OP, it is not as easy as you likely imagine.
Edit: I think I need to go to sleep.
However, the characters take far longer (understandably), and are still being taught in high school. Although you would have learnt many of the most common ones to get by with by a fairly young age