Chinese characters put a lot of people off.
Yes there are perhaps 50,000 Chinese characters in existence; but most of them are so rare that you’ll never see them. 3000 characters should pretty much cover you for modern Chinese.
Even if you just know 500 characters, you can recognise about 75% of Chinese, with 1000 you get 89% coverage.
And that’s a goal you can achieve, if you take things step by step.
Here are some resources that will help you to understand the basics of Chinese characters and how they work
Step 1: Understand the basics of how Chinese characters work
Step 2: Understand the essential parts (the radicals and components) of characters
Step 3: Discover the tools that can help you master Chinese characters
And I’ll be adding more useful resources in the future 🙂
If you understand the components and radicals of Chinese characters, and the basic strokes that are used to write them, then learning to read and write fluently is mainly a matter of persistence and time, but you can do it!