A lot of LIPs for South Africa!

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2010/11/13 07:01 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2010/11/13/10090513.aspx


THE WINDOWS 7 LANGUAGE INTERFACE PACKS FOR SOUTH AFRICA ARE LIVE!

You can click on the links below to download them via the Microsoft.com Download Center:

Please note that the South African Windows 7 LIPs can only be installed on a system that runs an English client version of Windows 7. They are all available to download for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

The South African Windows 7 LIPs are produced as part of the Local Language Program sponsored by Public Sector.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE SOUTH AFRICAN LANGUAGES

NUMBER OF FIRST LANGUAGE SPEAKERS:

Language Speaker numbers
isiZulu ~10 million
isiXhosa ~8 million
Sesotho sa Leboa ~4 million
Afrikaans ~6.5 million

PREDOMINANT DISTRIBUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA:

SOME FUN FACTS:

 

 For more information on these languages, see:

Enjoy!


John Cowan on 13 Nov 2010 10:01 AM:

Intelligibilioty, does that mean sharing the same bile duct?

Some more English words of Afrikaans origin: commando, laager (the result of circling the wagons), spoor, scoff/scarf (as in what you do to food when in haste), veld(t), and the local animals aardvark, aardwolf, boomslang, hartebeest, meerkat, springbok, and wildebeest.

Michael S. Kaplan on 13 Nov 2010 10:40 AM:

Aren't some of those from Dutch?

Dale on 14 Nov 2010 1:36 PM:

Zulu was not banned in the education system. In 1973 I was *taught* Zulu in public school there. The 1976 riots *started* as a protest against Afrikaans being the medium of instruction when English was demanded.

Jerome Viveiros on 15 Nov 2010 12:26 AM:

Wow... I'm South African and never knew that Trek originated in Afrikaans. Interesting.

Still, it would be nice if spell-checkers would stop wanting to correct my spellings of various words; like favourite, behaviour, can't remember most others off-hand... I'm not blaming Microsoft; I'm typing this comment in Firefox and both words are marked as spelled incorrectly. It doesn't seem to matter that my language is set to English, South Africa. Maybe the SA English language uses US spelling internally. Actually the only software that appears to get this *right* is Windows Live Writer.


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