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Sunday, October 24, 2010

And the sign said...

Seen this afternoon in T'aichung (Taichū) 台中:



For those Taiwanese who are illiterate when it comes to Chinese characters, but who are somehow proficient in the Japanese kana 仮名 syllabary, the restaurant in the photo on the left has come to their assistance. Perhaps such folks learned how at the cram school pictured on the right, which teaches English, Japanese and computers to high school students. Japanese is the second-most popular foreign language being studied in Taiwan, following English. Many older Taiwanese can still speak it, though it's much less common to find proficient speakers among the younger generations. The other sign in the photo features that ubiquitous の, aka your friend and mine, the possessive "no".


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