Right to Left Languages

Mar 24, 2010 4:03:52 AM / by Rachel Reardon

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?

Topics: Language Learning and Culture

Rachel Reardon

Written by Rachel Reardon

Rachel works with some of the coolest marketers, designers, and writers around to help Mango look and sound its best. She loves bold colors, old books, the Montréal metro, and Star Trek. She has conflicting feelings about the Oxford comma.

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