Well, I would agree, but it's rather optimistic to imagine *anyone* knowing 80% of 3000 or even 100% of 300.nukemarine wrote:It won't be 100% perfect, but again, 80% of 3000 is better than 100% of 300.
Put it this way, you know the Latin alphabet pretty well, don't you? Do you know 100% of all words starting with "Q"? Or all the words with "E" in them? Okay, how many latin letters do you feel you know 100% of? Or even 80%?
The same with any 漢字 character. I wouldn't be brave enough to claim I know 100% of even one character, and I certainly wouldn't be brave enough to claim I know 80% of 3000. Or even 80% of 300.
Moreover, I don't know of any native Japanese speakers who would be brave enough to claim to know 80% of 3000. Not even a (former) Japanese language professor at Tokyo University.
Many of the characters have so many specialised usages and readings that it's next to impossible to know them all, let alone even recognise all compound words using that character. There are more than 200 ways using the character 上 in Japanese, I don't think anyone other than someone who has compiled a 国語辞典 would claim to be able to enumerate all the ways, let alone all the compound words. Indeed, based on that I would say I know less than 1% of that character!
The other day I spelled my name in 漢字 characters to a college student in the final year of studying to become a Japanese teacher. He immediately said "But these characters are not valid Japanese characters, they are Chinese characters." I pointed out that in fact all of them are valid Japanese characters, gave their readings and meanings, and showed him the dictionary entries for the characters. He said he had no idea, he has never met these characters before, despite being a native speaker and studying to be a Japanese teacher.
Indeed, some Japanese scholars speculate that the number of 漢字 that a typical Japanese who has graduated from high school is familiar with (ie. know all the typical readings and compounds) is probably less than 1000. There has been statistical studies that show the number of 漢字 used regularly in newspapers (rather than being part of someone's name, or a technical term, or a place name) is less than 1000.