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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Creative Guesswork



Gotta give credit for the Korean one to sockbeam, because that's really the best and only way to look at Hangul.

58 comments:

  1. Ha ha I lost it at butts. Note for myself : also works with boobs :)

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    1. And balls! We might as well complete the triumvirate

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  2. Can you add a Google+ "+1" button to your site? I'd be glad to like your comics every week :)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy them! Is there no +1 button? That's troubling, I'll have to look into it...thanks!

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    2. Under the share button you can access Google+.

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  3. I'm afraid the bottom-right character in the Chinese panel isn't used in Chinese. It seems to be used in Japanese, though. Funny comic, though!

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    1. Cool! Thanks for letting me know. I'll change it!

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    2. the bottom right character 倉 is a real chinese word, it's the traditional form of 仓

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    3. So it's okay as is? Or should I change one of those characters? Now I'm confused!

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    4. what he means at the bottom right character is 凪 not 倉
      凪 is Japanese Kanji (looks like Chinese but created by Japanese, no Chinese uses it)

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    5. Okay thanks everyone for the input. I replaced the bottom-right character on the Chinese panel - better now?

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    6. yup! it looks better. How amazing these Asian languages! lol

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  4. Mongolian is now using Cyrillic letters though.

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    1. Yeah but traditional Mongolian? All knives.

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    2. but InnerMongolia is not lol

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    4. We are still using the script in southMongolia and Mongolia but unofficial in Mongolia :-(. I hope someday we can change the Russian cyrillic.

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    5. but it's not raining knives in Mongolia...May be someday rained on somebody..

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  5. Nice funny post! Greetings from Thailand.
    PS. I like the Vietnamese one with that hat. It's so cute.

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  6. Yeah, some people say that Mongolian script like raining :-)

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  7. Sinhalese looks like a bunch of elephants.

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  8. So fun. I like your feeling ^^
    But, I'm Vietnamese and i can't understand almost "Vietnamese's letters" your write :v

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  9. lol !! love the way u see our language... butts !!!!! haha.... proud of our sexy language :P

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  10. really love this. lol Vietnamese tôi rất thích truyện này =))) but should I use "truyện" since is this really a story? lol anyway you're so creative!!! Chinese is buildings attacked by UFOs HAHAHA by the way have you seen nón lá? A woman wearing it is like how we write : Ê (Hey) lol. I laughed at the Hangul being making fun of me, you're so interesting!!! I had to get all the way here to see more of your works!!! And burmese? butts? hahaha lolllll

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  11. Tamil! Please add Tamil! (makes me think I'm on an intergalactic ship, but have lost my glasses)

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  12. As far as I can tell the Hindi word is nonsense. Still, I laughed my Burmese off. If you do South Indian scripts, Malayalam looks like marbles, and it actually sounds like they have marbles in their mouths!

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  13. butts and boobs ....... :P our mother language

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  14. Good one. Cheers!!! Never knew that I've been writing boobs and butts all my life.

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  15. ေကာင္းေရာ..တင္စားခ်က္ကေတာ့လန္ထြက္ေနတာပဲ...

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    1. Google translate doesn't have Burmese unfortunately, so I'm going to guess that your sentence means "butts butts, butts butts boobs."

      In which case, I agree!

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  16. Nice work. :D Talk about being the butt of a joke... Butts, boobs and balls. I like being a native speaker of that sexy language. ;)

    PPA (A native Burmese speaker)

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  17. I could not possibly love this comic more.
    ...unless...maybe sometime you could take a stab at describing Baybayin (Filipino)?

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    1. Ooh, that's a tough one. Looks to me like someone trying to write upside-down, backwards, and drunk

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  18. This is one of your best comics yet! Happy new year!
    ps. I have always described Arabic script as "sheet music", don't you agree? xx

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    1. Aw thanks! Happy new year to you too! Yes, Arabic is quite pretty...I'll have to do a comic on that next...

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  19. What i want to know is what the Latin alphabet looks like to those who are accustomed to their own scripts. I can't tell because their actually meaning "over-rides" their looks in my brain, having grown up with it.

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    1. Good question! It probably looks something like this, I would imagine.

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  20. My friend pointed out to me years ago that the best way to identify Korean is that it looks like Japanese but has lots of circles.

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    1. Yeah, that's the BORING way to look at it

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  21. සිංහල කියවන්න පුලුවන් පකයෙක් ඉන්නවද?

    That is Sinhala, primary language used in Sri Lanka.

    http://dhamma.sutta.org/pali-course/DBLM/olcourse/pali/sinhala_cons.gif

    http://www.visiblemantra.org/sutra/ye-dhamma-sinhala.gif

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  22. Funny post. The Hindi word doesn't mean anything though. At least not in the standard variety. How about समाचार? (News)

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    1. Ooh, that's a good one. Actually, the word I believe I looked up on Google Translate was "pooping", but I may have moved some of the letters around to make it look more snake-like...

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  23. ㅋㅋㅋ 나의 한글을 받아라 외국인아

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    1. Are you making fun of me ???!!?!

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    2. that means
      Take my Han'geul polygon pieces clashing, You Foreginers!

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  24. This page was hung up at a little Chinese bakery near my friend's house, that's actually how I discovered your comic! Loved it ever since.

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    1. That's the greatest thing I think I've ever heard. If you would be so kind as to take a picture of this Chinese bakery and the comic hanging in there, preferably with an adorable old person in it, I will send you a free copy of Itchy Feet: Volume One.

      You made my week!

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  25. Do not you think the font is different from?

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  26. i.imgur.com/UC0PUKW.jpg
    hiragana, katakana



    i.imgur.com/Wyc9zr3.jpg
    hiragana - shodo style

    i.imgur.com/7A4u3GM.jpg
    chinases - shufa style

    i.imgur.com/1IyTKq2.jpg
    chinese sub, kor sub, Jpn sub

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  27. i.imgur.com/8xZpKHE.jpg
    CHA BOOK TEXT

    i.imgur.com/ackw6C7.jpg
    JPN BOOK TEXT

    i.imgur.com/eJeV5I2.jpg
    KOR BOOK TEXT

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