[Ilugc] Re: Regard clarify my doubt --> Asking Questions in Tamil
lawgon at thenilgiris.com
Thu Mar 1 02:29:36 IST 2007
On 01-Mar-07, at 1:56 AM, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>> Though I think typing a technical query in my mother tongue is more
>> trouble than it's worth, but if the user took the trouble to type it
>> in Tamil, perhaps he has his own reasons.
> This is a point. I don't think I can ask, or answer, a
> question in my mother tongue. I mean, what is the hindi of file?
> directory? configuration file? script? program? how do I say init
> script in Hindi? or tamil?
language of a list/channel or the like is decided by the admins - or
the people who created it. This is usualy mentioned in the list
rules. If there is sufficient demand for a new language, a new list
gets created. This also governs international lists - like postgresql
or python, for all one knows, the non-english speakers may be the
majority, but they have to take the trouble to learn english. I have
been trying to put together a hacker dictionary in various Indian
languages and my experience shows that our languages are never going
to catch up with the new terminology. At the most what we do is
combine english and the local language. And I have noticed this kind
of combination is there in popular local language publications when
dealing with computers/software. I have also seen this in local
language versions of manuals - for example the manual that comes with
the Tata Sky package. We may not like the idea, but it is impossible
in todays world to write/learn to write good code without a good
command of english.
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