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D1Doris
 
Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 01:53 am
I was flying from Singapore to Melbourne and on the entertainment system of my quantas flight they showed the flight information in several languages. One of them looked like a line with characters or letters more or less hanging down from it. I've seen the language before but I thought it was an Indian language so the fact that they used it on a flight from singapore to melbourne confused me. I could be wrong altogether though. Does anyone know what it is?
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 02:41 am
That description sounds a bit like Arabic to me but it's hard to tell given the big differences my imagination of your description can have from what you saw.

http://images.google.com/images?q=arabic

It doesn't sound like Tamil, which would make some sense because of the flight origin either.

I don't know what Indigenous Australian languages look like but I do know that Quantas goes out of their way to hire Indigenous Australians, but that seems like a big stretch since that doesn't mean they'd use their languages in flight information and because it's not one of their priority languages (see: http://www.qantas.com.au/info/about/employment/flightAttendants#jump2 ).
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 02:49 am
Hindi?


http://www2.westsussex.gov.uk/jobs/subsite_images/hindi.gif


Sanskrit looks similar...is it still used?


Is how Hindi is written? (Ignorant in Oz)
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McTag
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 02:50 am
Why didn't you ask the flight attendant
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Francis
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 02:59 am
On planes in that area, you can see this kind of writing:

http://www.easythailand.de/th_keramik.gif
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2007 03:02 am
dlowan wrote:
Hindi?


That has to be it. The description now looks like Hindi in my head.
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D1Doris
 
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2007 04:30 am
It is! So it really was an indian language! Thank you very much! I wonder why they used it on that flight though..
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D1Doris
 
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2007 04:31 am
By the way, Francis, is that Thai?
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D1Doris
 
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Reply Thu 27 Dec, 2007 04:33 am
And another question, for both languages shown above: do you read them from left to right or from right to left?
And what scripture do people use to write Urdu? Is that the arabic script?
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onthestreet
 
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Reply Tue 22 Jan, 2008 04:44 am
Yod Heh Yod Vav
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McTag
 
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Reply Tue 22 Jan, 2008 05:25 am
D1Doris wrote:
And another question, for both languages shown above: do you read them from left to right or from right to left?
And what scripture do people use to write Urdu? Is that the arabic script?


There are more questions than answers.
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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 22 Jan, 2008 09:23 am
Just forgot this thread.

Here are the answers:

- I was referring to Thai.

- Hindi, as well as Thai, are written left to right.

- Urdu is written right to left.

Hindi
Thai
Urdu
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MariJ
 
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Reply Sun 24 Feb, 2008 11:39 am
Yes, Urdu is written in Arabic script.
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