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Languages of the world

Languages of the world, or why I chose English for tatting patterns.

Hello, everyone!

You will certainly agree with me that 2020 was not the kindest year for everyone, alas. But there are also pluses. We can devote more time to our own self-education, right? I enjoy reading wikipedia articles. Because this way I can learn a lot of new and interesting things!

It turns out, there are 7174 languages on Earth for 2020. Do you know this?

Some statistics

About 2/3 of the world’s people speak the 40 most spoken languages. Most people speak Chinese, Hindi, English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian and French. So it is written in the Russian version of Wikipedia. But in the English version of the same Wikipedia, the following is written: English is the foremost—and by some accounts only—world language. In sociolinguistics, a world language (sometimes global language, rarely international language) is a language that extends far beyond its national boundaries and makes it possible for members of different language communities to communicate. Beyond that, there is no academic consensus about which languages qualify; Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili are other possible world languages.

Yes, I have read many different articles on the subject of World Languages. Of course, it is difficult to calculate exactly how many people in the world speak a particular language. Statistical data should be based on population censuses. Therefore, the numbers in different publications do not match. It is much easier to count the official languages of the countries of the world. In 56 countries the official language is English. Ah, that’s probably why I chose English for the instructions for my tatting patterns!

To write or not to write

At first, I couldn’t decide if detailed descriptions were needed. Because it was easier for me to just draw a graphical diagram with numbers. I have asked many tatters if a graphical diagram is enough for them. And the majority told me unanimously – no. You know that a person assimilates a visual picture better than just text. And detailed description helps to understand difficult points. I’m talking about pivot points of work or changing work’s and shuttle’s threads, for example. Besides, I do not always create the patterns are simple and easy. I love to surprise sometimes! I worked as a teacher for many years. And so I understand how important it is to explain the lesson correctly. Only then will the students be able to perform the task perfectly.

So I decided to combine the visual range with a detailed description. But what language should I write? You have read carefully, I hope. Therefore, you will immediately understand me. Yes, I chose English. 🙂

However, gradually I decided to translate my instructions into other languages. And I started with Italian. I cannot explain my choice. Probably because Italian sounds beautiful, like a song. But perhaps because I really like the country of Italy. And also because I am a member of the Italian-speaking group of tatting masters on FB. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my FB friend, group administrator Ninetta Caruso. Ninetta is an unusually talented and experienced tatting master. You will understand my admiration for her work if you visit Ninetta Caruso’s blog:

English, Italian, and …

So, I’m starting a new stage of working on patterns. My goal is to create new master classes in English and Italian. And, if possible – a translation of my previous lessons.
Now you can check out my new bilingual pattern, Easter Egg Bouquet. This is very important because Easter is coming soon. Welcome:

Languages of the world

But maybe two languages are not enough? And what language would you advise me to translate the patterns into? Please write in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “Languages of the world

  1. Насправді, якщо комусь потрібно перекласти що-небудь іншою мовою, він може скопіювати та вставити слова на, щоб ви могли насправді робити свої вказівки з будь-якої мови, яку ви хочете 🙂
    Благословення вам завжди 🙂
    Actually, if anyone needs to have anything translated to another language, they can copy and paste the words to, so you can actually make your instructions out of whatever language you want 🙂
    Blessings to you always 🙂

    1. Dear Nancy, thanks sooo much for Your support and kind words! Yes, Google Translate helps a lot, I agree. But there are many technical aspects of tatting that Google doesn’t know. This leads to confusion.

    2. I adore your work!!!! I’m attempting to purchase your Easter egg pattern and starfish without success. I have always said that I was lace bilingual 🥰. Now that we have google translate, how wonderful this is!!!! Please keep designing!!!! You are a lace inspiration!!!!

      1. Dear Denise! Thanks for the kind words! Unfortunately it was a system crash. I received a message from support that everything has been fixed. You can buy patterns, please!

  2. Other than English and Italian, I highly recommend you translate your patterns into Russian and French. There is a large online community of Slavic tatters, most of whom will use Russian as their primary language or learn it as a highly recommended second language in school. I suspect French would be the second-choice “international/global” language for most non-Slavic Europeans.

    1. Thanks for the advice, Kathleen! Yes, I am planning to do French translations. But I very much doubt the expediency of translation into Russian. This is due to the repeated violation of my copyright by Russian-speaking users, alas. Maybe it’s better to try Spanish and German?

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