[Foundation-l] 1.3 billion of humans don't have Wikipedia in their native...

WJhonson at aol.com WJhonson at aol.com
Sun May 22 16:42:16 UTC 2011

In a message dated 5/22/2011 4:38:09 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
smolensk at eunet.rs writes:

> Aren't these languages written with Chinese characters and thus their
> speakers can read and write the Chinese Wikipedia?

All the Latin languages: Italian, French, Spanish, English, and so on are 
written with Latin characters: a, b, c, d, e and so on.  And yet the French 
cannot pick up a book in Spanish and read it.

Just because a language is written with Chinese characters does not mean 
that the words and meanings are spoken or comprehensible by any other language 
user using those same characters for other words and meanings.

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