By Miguel - 20/08/2011 19:40 - United States
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How come your chinese teacher can't tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese?
Well if she doesn't speak or read it, then why did she even make that compliment? You're saying the teacher was just pretending to know it was Chinese when she was really wrong? She's lucky OP didn't say it was really Japanese because that would've been embarrassing for her.
Not all kanji are the same between Chinese & Japanese (some were simplified in Japanese etc.), but many are still exactly the same even nowadays. If the teacher saw just those kanji and there wasn't any hiragana etc., then there was no way to know whether it was Chinese or Japanese.
Chinese and Japanese look very different although about half of Japanese characters are the same as traditional Chinese, the other half are squiggles. But every Japanese sentence is complete with both kinds, so time to find a new Chinese teacher.
1) The teacher teaches algebra, not Chinese. 2) It was kanji on the cover, not a sentence, so no hiragana there. Otherwise it would have obviously have to be mentioned and the FML would have no meaning. 3) Learn to read the whole story before leaving such comments.