A Kurdish teacher invented ‘stenography’ in Kurdish language for the first time
In a 223-page book, teacher and specialist in Kurdish language and teaching methodology ‘Hushyar Chalabi’ who residents Hewler and is one of prominent families of the city, published a book called ‘Stenography in Kurdish Language’. The idea of this book goes back to the experience of this teacher in Arabic. He has thought to do the same in Kurdish as well. Hushyar Chalabi told The Kurdish Globe: I’m the teacher of this subject, and a member of teaching staff in Hewler Technical institute. I contacted Kurdish Language Department at Salahadin University and described my idea, and they preferred to start my research. Then they recognized my research officially as an invention and granted me scientific certificate in the field.
Regarding the first steps of the project, he said: it was hard at the beginning, but I walked on the hard path for laying the foundation stone of serving Kurdish language, so that the essential path and practical side is practiced in Government officials and the media.
Any new science when goes into society for the first time, it’s welcomed by negative reactions, Hushyar Chalabi faced the same negative reaction. Some people believe this won’t present any good, and some others says how come that a teacher does such a work and this sort of things must be done by those titled doctoral degrees and are specialists. What Chalaby has done is any way a scientific invention. He composed the elements and basics of this science in Kurdish. He retails the story of publishing his book and says “on April 22, 1998 at the anniversary of Kurdish media, I presented it with the support of Falakadin Kakayi, who was Minister of Culture, then in Spring of 2001, Scientific Conference of High Education in Kurdistan made decision about the book to be studied in Hewler Technical Institute, Me- dia Department.”
The book consists of five chapters, it studies history of stenography, and a preface of stenography in Kurdish language and its rules and symbols of the frequently used words in Kurdish, the last chapter is exercise on the use of stenography.
When we asked him that the stenography has been worked on under Arabic language influence, which may cause problems for its usage in Kurdish, Chalabi honestly said “Arabic language has been taken as a method, I have experience in this field, but it’s problematic, because if you directly applied the Arabic stenography method in Iraq and other countries, we would face problems, because Kurdish language has its own characteristics which are different from other languages. There are some sounds in Kurdish which Arabic doesn’t have, adding to the style of writing vowel letters and many other details. But this doesn’t mean that we should not take advantage of Arabic stenography at all. We should bear in mind that we use Arabic letters in our writing.”
The book could be used in many government offices, judicial and secretary fields, and especially in media. But as we said, there is no problem inside the book as many as in those who work in the media and teach, but underestimate the value of this global scientific method. This is something new for us as Kurds. And those who work in the media haven’t reached the level of working in tough and harsh atmosphere so that to use method of stenography. This is good for those journalists who have little time and cannot write down everything as it is, and so they use stenography. It’s also useful for the journalists who cover wars, tough and secret locations. For keeping the information unrevealed they can, by using stenography, keep the secrets and transfer it to the desired place. But Kurdish journalist has a lot of time and doesn’t work in harsh atmosphere to be in need of the method of stenography.
Hushiyar Chalabi always talks about his suffering, in addition to his invention of this method in Kurdish Language and presenting it as modern science to Salahadin University, having certified and admitted it as a scientific research, but still obstacles are made on his way. As we mentioned before, any new invention are not always welcomed at the beginning and is looked upon strangely and even opposed. Its owner might be harmed too. But eventually every scientific work which serves humanity and society will regain its real position. The path of science is tough, as Hushyar Chalabi talks about the toughness of this path and grounds of his research sadly. The road is hard, but constancy is the greatest happiness for inventors.