Monday, September 15, 2014

5 Funny Words In Afrikaans From My Perspective

Johannesburg - Fans of Bafana Bafana, as the S...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On my daily routine sitting in front of my computer reading many articles about languages, technology, and entrepreneurship, I usually find interesting subjects to learn. And this time, I have an even more interesting subject about language when I read that Afrikaans is considered as an easy language, if not the easiest, for English speaker or speakers from its language family. I was like “Seriously?!”

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Guest Post: Penang Hokkien - Establishing A New Writing System For A Spoken Language

Map of Fujian
Map of Fujian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It's not everyday that someone somewhere has the chance to create a new writing system for an existing language.  More often than not, most of the language already have an established writing system.

Penang Hokkien is my mother tongue.  It is one of the few languages that have remained largely in spoken form all this while.  Although there has been various attempts to write Penang Hokkien, this is I believe this is the first attempt of establishing an orthography for this 300-year-old language in the computer age.

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