Saturday, 8 December 2012

Arabic characters (Xiao'erjing) for Chinese

From Afrikaans, Swahili and a host of other languages in Africa to Chinese, Hindustani, Indonesian and others in Asia, there was a time when Arabic characters ruled the day. Even some European languages including Bosnian and perhaps Russian were once written in an Arabic based script. So bad that it's no longer true.

I wonder what it would be like if from Indonesia to Central Asia and Africa, Arabic characters were still popular. They were used in many countries for almost half a millennium and then, there was a sudden switch to a Latin based script in the 20th century.

No, I don't hate the Roman characters. I merely wonder how different the world  would have been if only... 

Anyway, let's stop imaging an alternative history and read this: 

I haven't created an alternative, Arabic character based script for Chinese. It already exists and some, unfortunately their number is declining, use it in China. It's called Xiao'erjing. 

This is something damn interesting, isn't it?