Hey kids, eventually you might reach a point in you Chinese ability where you think to yourself: "Self, my spoken Chinese is pretty hot. And studying Chinese characters is boring as all hell. And how often will I need to write Chinese anyway? Not very often indeed. Screw it. I'm done learning characters."
And then years later you'll be typing a quick note in your basic Chinese, and you'll run into a problem like this one:
|Where is the goddamn character for "pa?"|
And you will scroll through the characters suggested by Google for ten minutes before you ask a coworker for help, and they point out that there is no such thing.
So kids, stay in ... Chinese character school. Or whatever it's called.