I want to make a non-english programming language that is identical to what CoffeeScript is to JavaScript. What I mean is that I don't want to build my own design or syntax. Just want to have a non-english programming language that compiles to JavaScript. I want to follow everything CoffeeScript fellows so I don't really want to make any design decisions.

For example:

This is coffeescript:

number   = 42
opposite = true

number = -42 if opposite

I want my language to be something like:

رقم = 42
عكس = صحيح

رقم = -42 إذا عكس

that get compiled to:

var number, opposite;

number = 42;

opposite = true;

if (opposite) {
  number = -42;
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    Wouldn't it be easier to compile to coffeescript then?
    – Doval
    Jun 2, 2014 at 22:10
  • @MathewFoscarini what about my title :)
    – Ansd
    Jun 2, 2014 at 22:16
  • @Doval sounds interesting, would appreciate more explanations.
    – Ansd
    Jun 2, 2014 at 22:17
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    github.com/jashkenas/coffeescript fork and modify...
    – Reactgular
    Jun 2, 2014 at 22:18
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    @Ans By the way, understand that if you do this, you won't be able to get help from anyone else that doesn't understand Arabic. See babylscript.com/mappings/ar.html for what you are doing (but in JavaScript) not CoffeScript Jun 2, 2014 at 22:33

1 Answer 1


Perform a simple, direct transliteration from the Arabic symbols to the English ones in CoffeeScript, and then run the result through the CoffeeScript compiler. Leave the remaining symbols unchanged.

That's by far the simplest and most reliable way to accomplish what you want, and probably the only way that doesn't require extended semantic analysis.

  • He also wants right-to-left. Wouldn't this complicate things?
    – dave
    Jun 2, 2014 at 23:24
  • I have no idea. Jun 2, 2014 at 23:31
  • @dave RTL could be sorted out later once basic things works :)
    – Ansd
    Jun 2, 2014 at 23:37

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