[Python-3000] pep 3131 again
rasky at develer.com
Fri May 18 01:22:07 CEST 2007
On 17/05/2007 11.23, Martin v. Löwis wrote:
> Whether or not Japanese or Chinese people with no knowledge of
> English still can master the Latin alphabet easily, I don't know,
> as all Chinese people I do know speak German or English well.
All Chinese people are taught the Latin-character transliteration of Mandarin
in school. It's called "pin-yin": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin_yin. In
fact, they use this Latin transliteration as the main *mean* to teach children
how to pronounce each Chinese character.
This transliteration is so common that it is supported as an input method on
devices like cellphones or keyboards (even though it is usually not the
default: they have more specific and tuned input methods for computers and SMS).
So yes, Chinese people do master the Latin alphabet. And funnily enough for
this thread, Pin-yin cannot be fully expressed in ASCII because it requires
accented vowels (è, é, and many others I don't have handy).
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