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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RE[4]: hoping Taiwan will benefit
by orfanum on Sun 24th Mar 2013 01:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: hoping Taiwan will benefit"
orfanum
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2006-06-02

True but context plays a larger role in my experience in terms of the ability of Chinese characters to communicate meaning.

I once had a conversation with two middle-aged Koreans who spoke very little English and a younger Japanese person who spoke good English but knew no Korean apart from 'hello' and 'goodbye' (I had no knowledge of any of these East-Asian languages). I do not doubt that some things were miscommunicated according to the nuanced intentions of my interlocutors but we held a functional dialogue through spoken English between me and my Japanese friend, and Chinese characters between her and our Korean hosts.

Nobody got insulted and there was much laughter.

It was certainly a fascinating episode for me.

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2006-09-02

It was certainly a fascinating episode for me.


I love these kind of interactions as well. But actually it's not that surprising: the meaning of the (lexical) individual characters remained the same across these languages -- that was the original reasing for using a logographic script. Also, a very large part of the Japanese (and I guess Korean) vocabulary came from Chinese. The 'letter' example above is a well-known exception, and I brought it up mainly not to illustrate the difference between Chinese and Japanese, but as a proof that even in languages that use a logographic writing system, you are not exempt from the chore of learning the vocabulary.

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