Why I learn English so hard

Chinese is my native language, so that writing in Chinese isn't a struggle as English. But it doesn't mean I can write good Chinese automatically. To improve my writing skill, I tried to find the books about how to write Chinese well, but nothing I gathered. Why Chinese world doesn't have the useful books about writing well? This question had doubted me for a long time until the beginning of this year when I attended an online Chinese writing course.

The course told us that the contemporary Chinese is a young language. The Vernacular Language Movement was established in about 100 years ago, it reformed Chinese language - from the ancient style to contemporary Chinese. It made the sentences easy to read and write. After 1949, Chinese government replaced Traditional Chinese with Simplified Chinese. The Simplified Characters are easier to read and write than ancient style with Traditional Characters. Moreover, contemporary Chinese is different than the ancient language. The New Culture Movement featured many good Chinese writers; for some historical reasons, they didn't pass their experiences and knowledge to the next generations. That's why we still don't know how to write good Chinese.

Chinese has its own benefits. It has a simple grammar system, few characters can make many different phrases and sentences, which are shorter than other languages. The pictograph and homograph give the poem tone and flavor; the abstraction made sentences short. We had a good, sensible scholarship on intelligentsia that existed in ancient China. For contemporary Chinese, the scholarship has disappeared. We don't develop a practical way to learn writing, and it is hard to find a routine method to learn well, even though you are a Chinese man.

The traditional Chinese culture didn't tell us how things worked. We had so old Confucian philosophy. We also had some Chinese notions were spreading through tradition without inquiry, but most of them are vulgar practices. We've been taught that our country has 5000 years of history, and it is the greatest culture in the world. But no one tells us exactly why and how. The fact that we have few things can be shown off. It's like an advertisement advocating the products repeatedly, but they never tell you what the benefits of the products are. They just voice aloud again and again until you trust them.

My Chinese writing teacher told us that the good Chinese existed in some government files. They use a clear, concise and smooth style for propagation. I tried to read some document files, and found that the fact is true. I don't like the propagative style and hate to distort everything into heroic stanza. Actually, there are so many emotional texts on the Chinese Internet, they always attempt to trick you.

In English world, it has so many books and courses to teach writing. It has an easy curve of path for advancing step by step. English has a regular grammar system, and the writing practice is actual and routine. For advancing writing, I just need to read some classic books and follow the advices to practice. Although I should devote a lot of time, I don't mind the slowly learning. Learning a second language gives me another eye to see the world. Every culture has its own vulnerability and excellence, keeping a humble heart and openmindedness for strange things when they were not existed in my native language.