Reading Chinese At Different Levels Of Comprehension

I copied this post over from the old Primlo blog on 16 July 2019. I still think it's pretty cool even though it didn't get a lot of attention back then.

John Pasden over at sinosplice wrote a very cool blog post on simulating the experience of reading a Chinese text as a second language learner for people who can read Chinese fluently. The idea is to a certain percentage of characters in a text with very obscure characters so rare that even native speakers don't know them. I thought it would be cool to be able to play around with different texts and difficulties so I hacked together a little bit of JavaScript which you can try out below. If you have font problems, try installing Google Noto.

100% comprehension