Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sunday Stills: Numbers


1 2 3 4 5 6 in Tamil, the language of the South Indians and Sri Lanka.

1 2 3 4 5 6 in Chinese. The language of 2 billion Mainland Chinese and many more in Taiwan, Hong Kong and South east Asia.
http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/

This should be interesting, this challenge is for actual numbers. 1,2,3, etc… not 2 things.

Ed has given this challenge which needs a bit of thinking. I came up with getting a poster and asking my students to write their 1, 2, 3 in their own language. By coincidence, I was doing the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, and getting the 5 year olds to count 1, 2, 3.

But unfortunately, most of the students write the arabic 1 2 3, The Russian told me that they write 1 like the computer writes it. The Japanese writes the same as the Chinese. The Korean says it is too difficult.

So eventually I got a Chinese student and a Tamil student to write for me. They wrote 1 to 6 and I copied it on a sheet of A4 paper.

16 comments:

wenn said...

very well written!

reanaclaire said...

wow..learning tamil? good.. knowledge never ends..
greetings from www.reanaclaire.com

Ebie said...

Hi Ann, I can still read the Chinese numbers! I thought I had forgotten it!

Great post for the challenge!

P.S. The first set of photo is different from the second one, wherein there is a posted speed of 20 mph on a zigzag highway.

Bangchik said...

How we evolve separately, and then as civilization started to touch each others boundary, we blend ... ~bangchik

Ed said...

Very,Very cool! you hit the nail on the head with this one..:-))

dibear said...

Anna, this was very interesting and the perfect use of numbers. The perfect challenge for a teacher! :)

Shirley said...

Unique! Good job!

VioletSky said...

this is great. I am intrigued by these numbers. in arabic, the 1,2,3 etc have no relation to each other but you can see the evolution in the chinese and tamil. (though some of it is confusing).

flowerweaver said...

The Tamil numbers are interesting! I've seen the Chinese before. A nice lesson for us!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Can anyone just join this Sunday Stills Challenge?
I look at your numbers they are just so interesting...and can see some similarities.
In Miri I would have taken photos of the cafes with numbers as their names e.g. Cafe 96 or 2020 Cafe. There is a Hotel 360 in Kuching. and lots of others..
One of my old haunts was Threshold Two Zero (pilot vocab)a nice pub with good food.
Numerology is another interesting field.
Cheers.

moresecretwhispers said...

awesome :)

SJB said...

Cool :D

Far Side of Fifty said...

Very interesting Ann!:)

Dave said...

That's interesting Ann. Thanks. - Dave

Troy said...

Hi Ann, this was fascinating.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I have heard a little bit about Lo Han Gou. I'm not sure if it would grow here, and I'm not sure that I could process it if it did.

Good luck with your garden.

Troy

Jama said...

The chinese numbers look very familiar to me, not the Indian ones.
Answer to your question: yes, I read tin tin, in fact I still read comics now, Archie and the gang is my favorite. Got a big stack which my sons and I shared.