Simplified Vietnamese

If you are thinking about some other language that have “simplified” before its name then no, Vietnam is not going to use that language as it official language, at least not in this year.

I recently read this article (For a side note: This site copies most of its content from blogs, and doesn’t ask for the author’s permission of course). I simply couldn’t get whatever it’s trying to tell me =)), so as a reflex I asked Google and found this. In short, the “program” and the “new language”, as they identified themselves, are going to change Vietnamese completely, so Vietnamese can be typed faster. They are first planned to be used in the Vietnamese computing society.

Completely impractical.

Vietnamese is a mixed language; it contained elements from both European and Asian roots. This “research” referred only one or two papers and end up creating a “better” language? Apparently its author has neither previous experience nor care to get some about constructed language. The idea of creating the “perfect” language, easier to write, easier to understand isn’t new. Some have tried and fail silently. If you live in Vietnam have you ever heard of “quốc tế ngữ”? Probably not. I’m not even sure which language that noun is referring to: Interlingua or Esperanto? Constructing a language and put it into wide use isn’t an easy problem. The two languages above have multiple contributors, even have their own lingual institute to research and introduce new principles into the language and still, they aren’t as success as they wanted.

What make that guy think one man is going to change history that easy, arrogance or ignorance?

Furthermore, Vietnamese is completely unorganized. There is no formal organization to regulate the use of new words yet (which have been hindering access to newest technologies for most Vietnamese, what would you call a blog or a shell in Vietnamese? =)). Vocabulary differentiates between regions to – North, South and the Central; even the pronunciation is different! (The “simplified” language claims it is based on pronunciation – which will make it easier to learn) Which region’s pronunciation is it using to simplify?

Well, to say how impractical it is, it may as well get 1st prize for that competition. I’m not a judge for that matter.

Faster Vietnamese

Searching for the above, there seemed to be a similar effort before, but it doesn’t dream as big, its main purpose is to allow you to type unpunctuated Vietnamese faster  

Qui ước gõ tt

Ví d

f  = ph

 Gõ fai  bung ra
(→)  phai

j  = gi

       ju jn jay j giu gin giay gi

 B bt h  : – gh

                    – ngh

      gi gn ghi gn         ge  ghe          

      ngi      nghi              nge nghe

c  = k *

       đ  k  = kh

      cim kim                    ce ke             

      ki ko kan    khi kho khan

Hmm, what a pity the author didn’t publish how this method was born, what’s its advantage, estimation of benefits etc. Otherwise more people would have been convinced to use and contribute to it. :/

Reading further into its rule:

Trăm năm trong cõi người ta            

Gõ phím:
       Tram nam trog coi nguj ta               

Bung ra       Tram nam trong coi nguoi ta

 

Ch tài ch mnh khéo là ghét nhau          

Gõ phím:        Chu tai chu meh keo la get nhau
         

Bung ra       Chu tai chu menh kheo la ghet nhau

 

Tri qua mt cuc b dâu                        

Gõ phím:        Trai qa mot cus be dau                       

Bung ra      Trai qua mot cuoc be dau

 

Nhng điu trông thy mà đau đn lòng     

Gõ phím:        Nhug diw trog thay ma dau don log      

Bung ra       Nhung dieu trong thay ma dau don long

 

Even though this method doesn’t seem to have wide usage, I can’t help notice similarities between this and the so-called “9x language”. Is there any chance those kids have seen their parent using this method but failed to learn properly and thus a new language is born? :))

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Actually, that should be NewBlog.Start() since this is not my first blog, and definitely not the second nor the third blog :P. This blog was created last week, in the middle of hurried… Ahh… It’s been better since then… And since when I have started loving storms? Possibly when instructors started to let their students take the day off and hold the deadlines for a while. ^^

Things are a little off-track. My first intention months ago when I wanted to escape from the closed space of Yahoo 360 is to move the whole blog out here. I even wrote a converter and publicized it for that sole purpose. But after the fall of my database and the obstacles I encountered setting up this blog (WordPress error, slow queries, faulty FTP etc.), most of which are just common traits for a byet host. I’ve had an unpleasant experiences with them in the past too; but that’s just what you could expect from a free host. You aren’t paying for it, so all complaining is for yourself. Why I’m not affording a decent host you ask? Possibly because of the ever increasing inflation rate here that when someone started to have a decent amount of money, he must then use the extra to pay for the rise of everything. And that’s such a big problem that I can’t solve in a day or two, so its best to cope with it. As a precaution, I’m going to have a plugin synchronize this blog with a backup too.

Back to the storm, it was cold yesterday but today turned out to be a sunny day. Hot weather as usual, dogs barking and running around (not birds singing), people yell at each others (not kids playing), and stuff. I started the day with a big headache. Partly due to the unsatisfied intention of creating the theme I want: A combination of the elegant transparency found in pixeled and the coolness in transparency from vistered little. To my surprise, vistered little still work with the current version of WordPress. I thought there was some good reason for WordPress to remove their #1 theme from the old repository, when that theme contained link to nowhere other than windy road and was released under GPL… Well, that’s some Automattic thing and possibly not a user’s matter ;))

So here it is… I end up creating a new header and adding some feminine to the theme. Nonetheless it’s black and I feel some strength coming from it (Added shadows and some dashes) B-) It should work for the browsers mentioned at the bottom. Should someone be unable to enjoy the beauty (seeing an ugly header or something), they should just scrap that IE6 and use Opera instead. Geez, don’t they have any idea that browser is back from 2002 and even at that time it already lacked behind?

Installed Gears according to the recommendation from WordPress’ admin page. How come the save button is disabled offline? It’s Gears supposed to handle offline transactions? Another percent in Google’s 47% beta. Or is it WordPress didn’t make use of that offline database? Great idea anyways.

Another disappointment: Microsoft Word will not register this blog for some mysterious reason and I won’t be able to enjoy the comfortability of the #1 text processor… Got it working by now. It turned out that I firewalled Word before and didn’t enable XML-RPC for WordPress…

That’s all I remembered to write, half of the free day has passed by. I have to resume doing stuff tomorrow, just hope that my ISP won’t collapse like they did twice last month. Imagine cup coming and I am still have the competition-phobia :-SS,  a SVN repository still thrist for files I can hear it screaming… Argh… At least my head no longer hurts ^^