Saturday, June 5, 2010

Follow Up: Chinese may be Hard....

Chinese is apparently a hard language to learn but it is also beautiful. So are many other languages. Beautiful, elegant, and yes... different.

The Beauty of Typography: Writing Systems and Calligraphy of the World from Smashing Magazine gives some insight into how various writing systems work. It's more than just a "they look nice" overview. It starts to delve into how and why various writing systems work.

We humans have a remarkable ability with language. Every child learns to listen and speak without formal training. It's a different story when it comes to writing words down. There's a lot of formal training involved. There is no one best way to express oneself in writing. Each language and culture has found its own way of doing it.

Even if I can't read the words of other languages and cultures I can start to appreciate how other writing systems work.

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