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April 30, 2007

The Asian Language

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This woman, Elizabeth Tana, had some nice prints at the open studios yesterday. She pointed out that the characters in the left hand print were Asian language numbers. At first I thought she was dumb.

“There is no Asian language” I told her. She explained that Asian languages as a whole write numerals the same way. Western/European cultures do the same thing. 17 is 17 in Spanish, German and English. My mind was blown.

3 Comments

  1. I think it’s only Chinese and Japanese that use those numbers. All the other hundreds of Asian languages have their own system or use ours. I like her prints, though.

    Comment by Rachel — May 1, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

  2. Do you know why that is? Thanks for pointing it out. I have no idea at all. I asked the one Asian lady I worked with today, but she didn’t know. She told me Mandarin and Cantonese look the same, but sound different.

    Comment by jon — May 1, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

  3. I speak asian. you guys let me know if you need anything translated. no problem.

    Comment by matty — May 3, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

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