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Old 12-23-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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Excluding, of course, countries like Indonesia and the Philippines who use the Roman alphabet.

I wonder if most Asians can recognise all the letters of the roman alphabet (I assume so) and also basic words like 'yes', 'no', 'go', 'stop.' I'm assuming most that know some English can read it. Are there a lot of people in say China or India for whom Latin characters/letters/words are totally unreadable?

Would you say almost everyone in Asia now knows English words like 'hello', 'goodbye', 'yes', 'no', man, stop, come, go, woman.etc?

 
Old 12-23-2013, 10:11 PM
 
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Excluding, of course, countries like Indonesia and the Philippines who use the Roman alphabet.

I wonder if most Asians can recognise all the letters of the roman alphabet (I assume so) and also basic words like 'yes', 'no', 'go', 'stop.' I'm assuming most that know some English can read it. Are there a lot of people in say China or India for whom Latin characters/letters/words are totally unreadable?

Would you say almost everyone in Asia now knows English words like 'hello', 'goodbye', 'yes', 'no', man, stop, come, go, woman.etc?
Those "letters" are of course taught in school. Even if they did not learn English, they should have learned them in algebra. My mother learned Russian when she was young but she can pronounce all "English letters", because she took math, physics and chemistry in school.

She cannot understand much beyond "yes" and "no" though.
 
Old 12-24-2013, 05:23 AM
 
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Yes. While verbal English tends to be lacking in Asia, most Asian countries are fairly passable at basic written English since it's a required subject in school for most children, as well as a requirement to get into top universities.
 
Old 12-24-2013, 10:04 AM
 
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Excluding, of course, countries like Indonesia and the Philippines who use the Roman alphabet.

I wonder if most Asians can recognise all the letters of the roman alphabet (I assume so) and also basic words like 'yes', 'no', 'go', 'stop.' I'm assuming most that know some English can read it. Are there a lot of people in say China or India for whom Latin characters/letters/words are totally unreadable?

Would you say almost everyone in Asia now knows English words like 'hello', 'goodbye', 'yes', 'no', man, stop, come, go, woman.etc?
In my experience, yes.

Actually, anyone who goes to college, pretty much always has some, if not many, textbooks in English. Plus, English is just everywhere throughout Asia.

In my general experience, reading English is much easier for most Asians than listening to English.
 
Old 02-16-2014, 06:27 AM
 
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I am glad we can write Indonesian language using the "Latin letters/Roman Alphabet" in the modern era that began in use since Indonesia was colonized. but if you look at the writings of ancient letters of Javanese and Sundanese scrip ,before the Latin alphabet used is very difficult to imagine if now we will use the letters " scrip " to writing it again , Javanese Script
Sundanese Script very different from Javanese Script although derived from "Java"
Sundanese Script
 
Old 02-16-2014, 01:26 PM
 
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In China, the younger generation can but the older generation cannot.
 
Old 02-16-2014, 10:10 PM
 
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The same with Russia, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, HK, Macau, Vietnam...
middle to older generation are quite bad in english. Younger people learnt basic english.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 12:24 PM
 
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Asia has 49 countries including Russia, India, Turkey, Mongolia, and so much more. It's a huge area to try to generalize about.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 10:34 PM
 
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Excluding, of course, countries like Indonesia and the Philippines who use the Roman alphabet.

I wonder if most Asians can recognise all the letters of the roman alphabet (I assume so) and also basic words like 'yes', 'no', 'go', 'stop.' I'm assuming most that know some English can read it. Are there a lot of people in say China or India for whom Latin characters/letters/words are totally unreadable?

Would you say almost everyone in Asia now knows English words like 'hello', 'goodbye', 'yes', 'no', man, stop, come, go, woman.etc?
I don't get what you're trying to ask. Can they recognize letters in English or letters used to transliterate their native language to input characters on a computer (like China's pinyin or Japan's roumaji)?

You forgot Vietnam, they use the Roman alphabet, too. They just have accent marks on the bottom, sides, and accent marks on top of accent marks.
 
Old 02-18-2014, 01:53 AM
 
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I would think that anyone below 50 years old who had finished high school should be able to know basic English almost everywhere in Asia. Ironically, in my travels, I had been asked by a Vietnamese taxi driver to read aloud the Vietnamese address that I handed him. Good thing they use the Latin alphabet. He understood my pronunciation but I would say there may be some who are illiterate among older Asians and you might encounter them in less developed countries. I wouldn't be surprised if someone in India cannot read the English address in spite of India having many English speakers (although haven't taken a taxi at all in India).
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