Sample text in many languages

Have you been around long enough to remember the Kermit terminal program? It was a very important way of getting online in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Frank da Cruz, Kermit’s creator, also has an interest in world languages and Unicode. He put together a terrific web page containing samples of text in many languages. If you’re looking for short samples of Sanskit or Urdu or Old Norse, this is the place to look.

He used the phrase “I can eat glass and it doesn’t harm me” to show off the multilingual capabilities of Unicode.

I’ve put some of those translations into a MySQL table. It comes in handy for testing various multilingual things. It’s here, zipped. glass.sql

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