From: Edward H Trager (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Mar 21 2003 - 21:14:19 EST
On Fri, 21 Mar 2003, Frank da Cruz wrote:
> have what I hope are correct Arabic names for:
> Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan,
> Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
> Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and
> But I can't read Arabic so all I can say is that these names appear to be
> Arabic character strings. If anybody can check them (and/or supply others),
> I'd be grateful (e.g. which of the former Soviet Republics besides Tajikistan
> is switching over to Arabic script?)
If you want to teach yourself the Arabic script, try:
Clicking on letters allows you to hear how to pronounce them (via Real
Player). I think the speaker is northern European, so I have no idea how
good his accent is. But it's a nice site.
I find it easier to learn Arabic letters, even with the
isolated/initial/medial/final forms than, say, Japanese hiragana.
> Thanks to Edward, Roozbeh, the IBM ICU people, and others who supplied
> strings, pointers, and/or hints.
> When I have time I'll go through the other *.txt files and see what else I
> can pick up.
> - Frank
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