Actually, that's not quite true. Learning to read and write in Chinese is time-consuming.
To reach a level where you can fluently interact with native level material requires you to know 2500-3000+ characters.
Even if you can consistently learn (and remember!) 10 characters a day it will take you around a year of solid study to get to this level. Learning Chinese characters takes time - and a lot of it.
Why is this? Why does it take foreigners so long to learn the Chinese characters?
The main reason is that the way Chinese is taught today is broken. There I said it.
Foreigners are taught Chinese characters as if they were Chinese children growing up in China.
I don't know about you but I personally don't have 15+ years to dedicate to learning Chinese characters! Instead I used the methods in this course to manage to learn, memorize and put into use 75-100 characters per day (with 95% retention after 2 months).