This forum seems like it's more active than the Chinese one so I'll just post my question here.
I have been doing Mandarin Chinese for my SAC 2011 (not that I've done a lot), and am going to continue studying it. However, I recently gained an interest for Japanese, and am therefore wondering whether there are any advantages and/or disadvantages to studying them at the same time? The grammars are different enough for me to be able to keep them apart, so it's mostly the Hanzi/Kanji I'm worried about. Would it be beneficial for me, as the characters are similar (and in most[?] cases the same), or the opposite, just because they are so similar?
Also, I figure remembering pronunciation could pose a problem due to different pronunciations of the same character (say, 日; read in Japanese as hi, and in Mandarin as rì).
I'm doing Simplified Chinese, by the way.