Off topic: 7 incredible alphabets from around the world
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Mark Hemming  Identity Verified
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Jan 7

Hi all,

I recently compiled a blog post covering 7 unusual alphabets from around the world here and hope you'll find it interesting. Any comments or corrections welcome.

Best wishes,

Mark


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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I love alphabets Jan 7

When I was on holiday in Armenia and Georgia I managed to read them quite well, without understanding of course.
In the 80's on my job a cleaning woman was watching me writing something and wondered, that I use the same alphabet as in Finnish. She hardly believed it when I told her that that is Latin. She had thought Finns have their own alphabet.


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Mark Hemming  Identity Verified
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Funny story! Jan 8

Hi Heinrich,

That's a pretty funny story regarding the Finnish alphabet! Glad you also have an eye for Georgian and Armenian - I've also had the opportunity to travel to both countries and hope I'll get to do so again at some point in the future.


 

Lidija Klemencic
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Kudoz Jan 9

Thanks for this lovely article. Such a refreshment after reading all those posts about CAT tools problems and scams.

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Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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Matter of opinion Jan 9

7 incredible alphabets indeed, but how would the users of those alphabets look at our alphabet? Wouldn't our way of writing be incredible for them? Its all in the eyes of the beholder.

 

Mark Hemming  Identity Verified
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Fair point Robert Jan 10

Robert, I guess you're right - I'm sure the Latin alphabet could be seen as exciting by a person viewing it for the first time, but I think the examples chosen are fairly unusual, and if one of the seven scripts mentioned is your native language then at least the remaining six should hold some interest.

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Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
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Two more interesting systems Jan 10

From the standpoint of clarity and self-consistency, two more writing systems definitely worth mentioning are Korean (Hangul) and Canadian Aboriginal (Cree) syllabics. The latter one is also remarkable by its extremely rapid adoption in everyday life. Both are described fairly well in Wikipedia.

A personal story: at the age of 10 or so, I read about reconstruction of dead languages from parallel texts and undertook a small project of my own. I was spending my summer vacations in Geo
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From the standpoint of clarity and self-consistency, two more writing systems definitely worth mentioning are Korean (Hangul) and Canadian Aboriginal (Cree) syllabics. The latter one is also remarkable by its extremely rapid adoption in everyday life. Both are described fairly well in Wikipedia.

A personal story: at the age of 10 or so, I read about reconstruction of dead languages from parallel texts and undertook a small project of my own. I was spending my summer vacations in Georgia and reconstructed the Georgian alphabet from bilingual signs and posters. I even managed to put it to use without knowing the language: when writing something not intended for other people's eyes, I would write it in Russian, but using the Georgian alphabet. Many years later, a girlfriend of mine, a Georgia-born Russian, admitted she did exactly the same.
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Mark Hemming  Identity Verified
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Will check them out Jan 11

Anton, thanks for the additional alphabet tips, I'll check both of them out.

 


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