[Sugar-devel] mini adventure on the XS

Kevin Mark kevin.mark at verizon.net
Sun Jul 1 07:57:46 EDT 2012

On Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 10:53:56PM -0700, Sameer Verma wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 11:32 AM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
> Oh, I forgot to mention this: Children in Bhagmalpur are fluent in
> Hindi (reading, writing and speaking), but their English is quite
> poor. Yet, they've stumbled along on the English localization of
> Sugar. Some time ago, two kids accidentally switched Sugar to Spanish,
> and...for whatever reason, they just kept going. Now we have two kids
> who use Sugar in Spanish, with no prior knowledge of Spanish, and are
> still able to navigate the UI and get things done.
> Go figure :-)

That is a fascinating anecdote. Could it be that they just associate a unit of
latin symbols with an action or that they have a vague idea that this is
spanish?  Would it be interesting to show them some kindergarten word examples
like 'one, two, three, boy, girl'? Maybe the makings of a new OLPC-type
literacy experiment?

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<knghtbrd> but one sort per tab and none per list is arguably better than
           O(n + n**2) per tab and O(n**2) per list.
<knghtbrd> OMG, someone shoot me.
<Coderjoe2> ?
<knghtbrd> I can't believe I just used the big goose-egg to explain why my
           way is probably best in the long run.

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