Friday, May 10, 2013

JAWI: A lost writing language? Maybe not!

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته 

I was born & raised in Taman Perling, Johor Bahru.
In Johor, it is customary to send the kids to "Sekolah Agama" in the evening after the morning session of "Sekolah Kebangsaan".
As you've might known, it is a religious school. So all of the textbooks are in Jawi form.

I'm not really sure the history & origins of jawi but from my understanding, it's sort of Arabic + Malay for writings.

It's quite unique in a sense. But you'd be hard pressed to find any people who can read & understand Jawi these days. Even I also have difficulties writing in Jawi though reading text in Jawi is easy (ironic ain't it?)

A friend recently posted a status in facebook, in Jawi! 
I was like WOW!!!!
I just have to find out how she did it. So here I am introducing this website.

It's really cool though.

Just insert your text in BM in the top box, then click "convert". Tada!!!!

Not really sure of the accuracy of spelling but it's a good start.

Spread the word, support the developer by buying the software if you can.

We need more developers like this to modernize our culture, making it relevant with the passing of time :)

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