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Ever looked at Asian characters and wondered which language it was?

IF SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELS at anything, it’s packaging culture and dumbing down real world information to the point where it becomes trivia. A quick scan of wikipedia’s Asian languages turns up dozens of language families, many of which have dozens of dialects. But here they all are, reduced to three, perfectly set up for some asshole to impress his friends with at dinner in a Chinese / Japanese / Korean restaurant.

Check the original entry at Reddit for an amazing 1700+ comments, some of which are pretty interesting linguistic anecdotes actually.

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David Miller

David Miller is Senior Editor of Matador (winner of 2010 and 2011 Lowell Thomas awards for travel journalism) and Director of Curricula at MatadorU. Follow him @dahveed_miller.

  • JasonWire

    Not to mention that there are –maybe– a few more asian languages than korean, japanese, and chinese. 

  • guest

    the japanese katakana in the image reads “f*** you, n****”.

     just sayin’

  • guest2

    yeah, a bit disturbed about the japanese katakana (“f**k you, n****r”) which of course is only the pronunciation and not japanese words 

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