Many compare Classical Chinese to the English used in the King James Bible or the English of Shakespeare. But actually, Classical Chinese is a lot older and much more difficult to understand than early modern English. 

The relationship between Modern Chinese and Classical Chinese is more like that between Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew, or that between Modern Greek and Ancient Greek. 

Why, then, should anyone spend time and energy on it if the language is so difficult and not spoken anymore? 

Well, here are a number of reasons why you should still learn Classical Chinese.



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