Preparing to Read the languages of Chinese, Japanese, and Thai

Preparing to read multiple languages is as easy 1, 2, 3.

1. Unix systems generally are setup to handle multiple languages.
For WindowsXP, follow these instructions:
\* From the Control Panel, select Regional and Language Options.
\* On the top of the popup, click the Languages tab.
\* To view Chinese and Japanese, click Install files for East Asian languages.
\* To view Thai characters, click on Install files for complex script and right to left languages (including Thai).
\* Insert your WindowsXP disk, and click OK.
\* The language files are installed from the disk, then the computer needs to be restarted.

2. View foreign text. Below are samples to confirm your system can view the languages I am writing about:
Chinese characters: 中文
Japanese characters, homepage: 日本語, ホームページ
Thai language: ภาษาไทย

3. The first preparation step to use other languages, is to recognize the characters of the language.
For example, English readers recognize the following numbers: 1 2 3
Chinese readers recognize the following Chinese numbers: 一 二 三
Yes, some Chinese is as easy to learn as 一 二 三

Usefull links

\* Google Translate: Since I only write English on my computer, I use Google translate to create samples in other languages.
\* Thai - English translation site. This site is an excellent for learning Thai words, phrases and sentences. Note, Google does not do Thai translations.
\* Ming Pao, a Chinese newspaper web site that is popular with people in Hong Kong.
\* baidu.com, the number one Chinese search site
\* Yahoo!カテゴリ (Yahoo! Japan)
\* กูเกิลประเทศไทย Google Thailand
\* List of top sites: Japan, China, Thailand

\* Beta Chinese lesson.

Comments:

I've always wanted to learn how to read Chinese and Japanese. Look forward to future posts. But, isn't Thai different from the others in that it is not pictorial?

Posted by Steve on November 03, 2006 at 05:55 AM PST #

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