[tldoc] Russian translation (texlive-ru)

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Fri Apr 7 00:35:14 CEST 2017

On 2017-04-06 at 22:37:50 +0200, Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard wrote:

 > On 03/04/2017 02:42, Norbert Preining wrote:
 > > On Sun, 02 Apr 2017, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
 > >> What I will never understand is how people can remember Chinese or
 > >> Arabic characters.
 > > 
 > > Arabic is easy, right? How many there are, even including the
 > > initial/terminal/normal variations? A few hundred? That is the
 > > amount of Kanji ever 10 year student needs to be able to read and
 > > write.
 > > 
 > Less than that. The arabic alphabet has 28 letters with up to 4
 > forms, but 6 of them only have 2 forms, so that's 100 forms, but
 > there are actually less basic shapes to learn because some letters
 > differ only by the number and position of dots (17 groups modulo
 > dots), so there's actually only 60 basic shapes to learn for the
 > alphabet itself.
 > Then you add a few things that are technically not part of the
 > alphabet but necessary for writing, like ta marbouta, hamza and its
 > seats, lam-alif ligature, alif maksura, but that's only two more
 > shapes, for a grand total of 62 basic shapes (granted, you still
 > have to remember how many dots where on top of that).
 > This is not that much more than latin alphabet with its 26 letters
 > each having an uppercase and lowercase version (plus the
 > handwritten lowercase version is often substantially different from
 > the typeset lowercase letter).
 > In my experience, initial memorisation of the alphabet can go
 > relatively quickly, what takes more time is being able to read at a
 > reasonable speed.

Hi Manuel,
nice to hear from you again.  I recently found your thesis in the
internet.  Congratulations!

I hope that you didn't forget to subscribe to TUG-2017 at Bachotek.
I'm absolutely convinced that I'm not the only one who is looking
forward to meet you again.

As far as foreign languages are concerned, it's certainly easier to
learn another language if you are much younger than me.


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