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About the Esperanto writing system

KiriharaFarsk
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I've discovered that Esperanto can be written in the Cyrillic alphabet, Which is cool! However, I don't know what kind of Cyrillic system should I write. can you guys help me out?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/BerberuEsperanto

During the Soviet era, esperantists frequently wrote Esperanto with Cyrillic characters since typewriters in Latin characters were uncommon. It can be used to transcribe Esperanto texts where Cyrillic alphabet is used. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrillization_of_Esperanto

Cyrillic was derived and most compatible with Latin alphabet. Most of the letters are the same or similar, particularly in the Yugoslav languages which are phonetic like Esperanto. The diacritic characters are more compatible with Cyrillic and in Serbian which uses both alphabets: Ŝ=Š=Ш, Ĉ=Č=Ч...

So, it makes sense for the Slavic population, which is half of Europe and a big (physical) part of Asia, for teaching purpose, but not for communicating with others.

Ми шатас Есперантон

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
salivanto
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"Can be written" is kind of an odd way to put it. Esperanto "can be written" using the Sauropod Alphabet from Dinotopia, but there's no good reason to do either one.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KiriharaFarsk
KiriharaFarsk
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Why not it looks fun

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
salivanto
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I meant to add to my original comment that this comes up from time to time. You might enjoy looking at some of the older threads. Some are not that old - just a few weeks.

Why not? I suppose there's no reason why not - although that makes your initial assertion completely trivial. Like saying "I just found out that English can be written with pictures of fruit." Yes, it CAN be, but nobody actually DOES. If you enjoy going through old magazines and to find pictures of apples to represent the letter A, bananas for letter B, cantaloupes for C and so on , then far be it from me to take your joy away.

If you like different writing systems, you might look into the Ŝava alphabet, which is the Shavian alphabet adapted to Esperanto. I've spent some time playing with Shavian, but mostly for English.

Ultimately, it seems the point here has more to do with writing systems and less to do with Esperanto. Esperanto is written with the Esperanto alphabet, which is basically the Latin alphabet.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KiriharaFarsk
KiriharaFarsk
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I understand you, Would you mind explaining to mean more of the shavan alphabet, I've looked it up, but I didn't get much of it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Capzlock

This site has images that will help. http://esperanto.us/sxava_alfabeto/

I'm not sure if there's an easy way to type in it, but you can most definitely write in it. It might even work as a form of shorthand.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MagAonghusa
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It's a very interesting script. I've used it more for English than Esperanto where writing phonetically isn't as straight forward as in Esperanto so it's pretty neat to think about things differently.

I don't think it would really make a good shorthand though. I'm far from being a master in writing Shavian but it still takes me much longer than writing Latin characters

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eo_
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It looks funny, until there is no ideology behind it

http://www.kavuyido.info/

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KiriharaFarsk
KiriharaFarsk
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Omg what is it? hahahahahha

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wiijimmy
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미 엣탓 is mi estas written in Korean. Languages like that can be written in almost any alphabet-based language

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vangelion
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My understanding is that a 'siot' at the end of a syllable gives at 't' sound. Thus it would say "mi ettat". This shows where I would disagree with you on the ability to use any alphabet to write another language. It doesn't even work all that well to write Esperanto with the Roman (English) alphabet. You have to use a special system like the x-system to mark the ĉapelitaj literoj. In the case of Korean, the phonology matching is even worse. Hangul works well for Korean, but not so much for other languages.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wiijimmy
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Oh, no I'm not too familiar with the Korean alphabet. I've learnt the basic letters and that's it, I'm not sure about the specific rules such as ㅅ making a ㅌ sound.

So it's not possible for a syllable to end with an s-sound in Korean?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vangelion
vangelion
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I don't actually speak Korean, but here's what I found: I found examples of ㅅ being both an 's' and a 't' sound at the end of a syllable (the coda), so I'm guessing that it is determined by what vowel is used. I also see ㅆ being used sometimes in the coda and would guess that is to force an 's' sound when ㅅ would otherwise make a 't'. Note how many times I used the word 'guess' here. Looking forward to Duolingo Korean getting launched.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ziniamanto

I have experimented with writing Esperanto in Cyrillic (usually to name files on my computer that I don't want understood by anyone who may happen to access my computer). I once received (via snail mail) an essay/paper "proposing" a Yiddish based alphabet for Esperanto. I was intrigued enough to read it, but never did anything with the idea. Latin alphabet Esperanto suffices.

If there's any non-slavic language that would work better in Cyrillic, it's Romanian, what with that pesky "silent i" at the end of words to indicate palatalization.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KiriharaFarsk
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Thanks for your comment

1 year ago
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