Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 14:20 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This could potentially be quite big for Ubuntu and Linux in general. Canonical and the Chinese government have announced a collaboration to build a version of Ubuntu specifically for the Chinese market, which will become the reference architecture for standard operating systems in the country.
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twitterfire
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2008-09-11


And if you learn these 6,000 chars, you learn all chinese words: there is no need to separately learn the vocabulary, which is huge. This is because the chinese is an ideographic language. Say if you don't know the English word `rocket', all you can do is to look it up in a dictionary. But if you don't know the Chinese word `rocket' (but you do know the common 6,000 chars), you can make sense of the word because it's made of two characters which stand for `fire' and `flying arrow' separately, and at least you can picture that the word means something arrow-like and is propelled by fire.


If you just learn the characters that doesn't mean you learn chinese or chinese words. You'll still be writing and reading in your own language but with chinese characters. ;)

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

If you just learn the characters that doesn't mean you learn chinese or chinese words. You'll still be writing and reading in your own language but with chinese characters. ;)


Don't be silly. The Chinese characters do not correspond to syllables, vowels or consonants, they correspond to full words or idioms and therefore every time you write a chinese character down you've written a Chinese word.

Here in the western world, yes, the latin character set corresponds to individual vowels and consonants and therefore when you string together many characters to form a word you have to specifically pay attention to what language you're writing in.

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twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

Word is an element of a language, not of writing. You have cantonese words, mandarin words, english words but no "chinese" words.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

>If you just learn the characters that doesn't mean you learn chinese or chinese words. You'll still be writing and reading in your own language but with chinese characters. ;)

Don't be silly

No, he has a point - one can know the meaning of a Chinese character, without knowing how to pronounce it / how it sounds in Chinese. ;)

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