A Girl in Cebu

A Japanese girl in Cebu talks about her travels and school life.

How to Write 7?Examples of 10 Countries

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How do you write 7?

Do you think that people all over the world write number 7 the same way? We, Japanese people have kanji, like 七, but we also use numerical numbers.

 
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Which 7 do you write?

I write the left one. A Bosnian friend wrote the right one, and I got curious about it.

I did some research about how foreigners write numbers, and I am going to share the result.

 

 

2 WAYS TO WRITE 7

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I asked my friends and the result is below.

  • The left one : Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia
  • The right one : New Zealand, Hong Kong, Bosnia, Serbia, France and Myanmar

Most foreign friends write the right 7.

One of my Serbian friends write the left one, but she chooses the right one when she fills in some important numbers, like bank account number so that other people don’t confuse the number.

Her choice is smart, and that makes sense.

If you come to Japan, please write the left one because we don’t understand your 7 at first.

 

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FROM 0 TO 9

I came up with another idea about how foreigners write other numbers. My friends helped me with the research. I appreciate them.

Here are the results.

 

JAPAN, TAIWAN AND MALAYSIA

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Taiwanese and Malaysians write the same as me. Taiwan had been colonized by Japan, so I guess that we have a lot in common.

However, I don’t know why Malaysians write the same way as me. My Malaysian friend is Chinese. Since Malaysia is a multiethnic country, some might write the different numbers.

 

CANADA

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Canadian friend’s 7 is unique. He is a teacher, and he wants to write quickly at work so that he doesn’t wast time writing on the white board.

His 1 is also interesting, but it looks very easy to recognize.

 

NEW ZEALAND
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Only 7 is different from mine. Our culture is very different, but our longitude is close.

 

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HONG KONG

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2 and 7 are unique. His 2 looks cute. I will copy it.

Hong Kong is located in Asia, but he writes different 7. Hong Kong had been colonized by the UK, so its education system might be affected by the UK. In fact, some people there have the UK passport.

 

BOSNIA, SERBIA AND FRANCE
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My European friends write very unique numbers. My French friend said that most Europeans write like this, but 4 is a bit different between countries.

9 looks like “g” to me. If you travel to Europe, I recommend that you learn their handwriting in advance.

  

AMERICA

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My American friend’s 4 is similar to Europeans.

Long long time ago, Europeans moved to America. Their history might affect numbers.

 

NUMBERS

I used to believe that we write numbers the same way, but that wasn’t true. Some people write numbers in a different way in order to avoid confusion.

Just make sure that you might come across a new handwriting. Let’s enjoy learning new things, and adjust to the new world.

 

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