Showing posts with label Apple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apple. Show all posts

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Do Smartphones Dumb Down The Greek Language? X! X3ro!

You can write with the Greek alphabet on many smartphones, and the iPhone Greek keyboard makes messaging very simple.

But Android phones don't come with Greek keyboards, and long Greek words mean expense and hassle. So more and more Greek-speaking people are using Roman letters combined with abbreviations to text on phones. Greek is daunting: is the "E" sound spelled ει, οι, η, ι, υ ?! But as technology speeds up communication, will the result erode written Greek? A University of Western Macedonia study in 2008-2009 found that "Greeklish" is slipping into Greek students' work, with crazy word spellings, the use of Roman letters, and other mistakes that totally confound teachers. An example from a recent text I received:
Received: Efxaristo poli, sou efxome ke esana oti pothis.
Should be: efharisto polu, sou efhomai kai se sena oti potheis.
In Greek: ευχαριστώ πολύ, σoυ εύχομαι σε σένα ότι ποθείς.
In English: Thank you very much. I wish you whatever you desire.
The iPhone has a built-in Greek dictionary that auto-corrects spellings, teaching students of Greek like me. But foreign scripts should be universally accepted on all devices -- or supported by the data providers. That many devices can't intercept Greek-language texts is one more reason for me to put up with the small-screened iPhone, for now.

Many decades ago my grandfather taught and still used some Katharevousa, or high Greek. He and one of my uncles lamented new word usage and abbreviations in Demotiki, the everyday Greek that is now widely used in all but government, court or scientific settings. When my parents were kids, U.S. Greek school lessons required learning all the complex accents -- Greek diacritics -- that were mostly abandoned in the 1980s.

My favorite Greeklish for texting and tweeting: x! That is an abbreviation for χάλια (halia), meaning lousy, really bad.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Choose A Direction

In light of Steve Jobs' decision to resign as CEO of Apple, no time like the present to contemplate accomplishments and goals. So listen to this great trance song "You Got To Go," featuring Zoe Johnston from Trance Around the World and read Jobs' Stanford University address in 2005 The song says keep your ideals high, choose a direction, gather what you need and when the moment is right for you, you got to go.
Jobs dropped out of college, got one good meal a week at the local Hare Krishna temple, and "dropped in" on a typography class. One example of his advice to "find what you love." Serif and Sans Serif typefaces were ...
"beautiful, historical, artistically subtle
in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life.
But 10 years later ... we designed it all into the Macintosh ...
and since Windows just copied the Mac,
it's likely that no personal computer would have them.
If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in
on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have
the wonderful typography that they do ...
so you have to trust that the dots
will somehow connect in your future.
You have to trust in something —
your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
This approach has never let me down,
and it has made all the difference in my life.

Monday, June 8, 2009

iPhone Greek

Barron's Writer Eric Savitz just blogged a tidbit that will make Hellenes happy the world over: the iPhone 3.0 software available later this month will support Greek ... along with Hebrew, Arabic, Korean and Thai. Not to mention cutting and pasting and a ton of other stuff. See Tech Trader Daily for more from Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference today.