[FoRK] Google Talk Now Translates Your Chats
aaron at bavariati.org
Tue Jun 3 22:11:25 PDT 2008
On Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 07:19:48PM -0500, paul wrote:
> Aaron Burt said the following on 6/3/2008 5:50 PM:
> >Excellent! Mandarin is relatively easy to learn if you have native
> >speakers around you. Flexible grammar, only 4 tones, and you already
> >know how they do numbers.
> Actually, not a clue here about how they do numbers. What do I google?
No idear. But if you know some Japanese, you have a general idea of how
Chinese numbers work. Same characters, same notation (i.e. 4,356
pencils is expressed as "4-thousand, 3-hundred, 5-ten 6 <suffix
indicating that you're referring to small skinny things>"
Most Asian languages are relatively easy and lots of fun, at least up to
first-grade level. F'r instance, Korean doen't even have tones and its
writing system was practically designed by an engineer. Vietnamese has
a Roman-based writing system and only a few tones.
It's not nearly as easy or useful to an American as learning Spanish,
but a great way to broaden your knowledge of how humans express ideas
Being able to order lunch politely is just a bonus,
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