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Amdir_Flassion

New approaches to writing Chinese

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Amdir_Flassion

Has there been any attempt to replace or supplement characters for writing Chinese? I don't like the way of saying foreign names in Chinese - it sounds very distorted. Wouldn't it be better if we had something like in Japanese katakana (or hiragana, can't remember) to help pronounce foreign names? If we do, then I think the Taiwanese/ROC Zhuyin Fuhao will make a good candidate - primarily coz it 'looks' Chinese.

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Chinese names rendered in English are very much distorted too :)

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smithsgj

You mean like 一ㄊ ㄠㄊ for 'eat out'?

Taiwanese/ROC Zhuyin Fuhao is used in Taiwan for Taiwanese language words and names. But I think if you started using bopomofo in a way that didn't respect the phonotactic rules of Mandarin/Taiwanese at all (the Katakana method *does* respect the equivalent rules for Japanese, hence "aisu kerimu" for icecream etc), people would have a problem accepting it.

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