Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

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Random memory

At school, I taught my Japanese girlfriend (part of) the Korean alphabet and we used it to write notes to one another in Japanese.

I imagine that very few people at school, if any, would have been able to understand those notes: the Koreans could read but not understand them, and the Japanese couldn't read them. (On the other hand, if a Korean read it out loud to a Japanese, then they could arrive at the meaning of the note.)

The Korean alphabet lends itself surprisingly well to Japanese, I found; the main obstacle was a missing letter for /z/.

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