basic-arabic-letterformsThere are many languages that are written in a completely different direction than English.  Actually, the script is what decides directionality.

This can cause lots of confusion when learning a language.  When entering text, most of our computers won’t allow for changing text directions unless you create special settings.

Some examples of Right to Left Languages include:

1. Arabic
2. Hebrew
3. Farsi
4. Pashto
5. Urdu

Japanese, Chinese, and Korean are also challenging as they can be written either way depending on usage.

When learning a new language, be sure that you understand which direction the language should be written.

What other languages have interesting direction issues?

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One Response to Right to Left Languages

  1. Kelly says:

    Boustrophedon!! This is a type of script that changes direction when reaching the end of a line. So it might start left-to-right but at the end of the line it changes, and the next line starts right-to-left. Ancient Greek did this in stone inscriptions. Hieroglyphic Luwian is another ancient language that read boustrophedon. And Atlantean (from the Disney movie Atlantis) read boustrophedon as well. Fun!

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