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Romullo
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 Message 1 of 69
27 February 2009 at 9:41pm | IP Logged 
I just wanna know what's the nicest looking script in your opinion; I could cite some that please me when I see them, even without knowing a single letter:
Hangul: simple and modern looking
Tamil: it's like a graceful drawing
Katakana/hiragana: minimalistic and much prettier than kanji

but my favourite one is the kannada script, here's a random set of characters:

ಅ ಆ ಇ ಈ ಉ ಊ ಋ ಎ ಏ ಐ ಒ ಓ ಔ ಅ೦ ಅಃ
ಕ ಖ ಗ ಘ ಙ
ಚ ಛ ಜ ಝ ಞ
ಟ ಠ ಡ ಢ ಣ
ತ ಥ ದ ಧ ನ
ಪ ಫ ಬ ಭ ಮ
ಯ ರ ಲ ವ ಶ ಷ ಸ ಹ ಳ
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Volte
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 Message 2 of 69
27 February 2009 at 10:09pm | IP Logged 
I'm quite fond of the Georgian script: ქართული დამწერლობა

The Mongolian vertical script is also nice.

I also quite like the Persian writing system - to look at, anyhow; I prefer my vowels clearly written out in Indo-European languages: الفبای_فارسی

Devangari is also neat: देवनागरी.

Thai's charming: อักษรไทย.

The Inuktitut syllabary is quite fun-looking, full of rotational symmetry: ᑎᑎᕋᐅᓯᖅ ᓄᑖᖅ

Ge'ez has a cool, blocky look: ግዕዝ

I agree with you about Tamil: தமிழ் அரிச்சுவடி

I can't think of a script I dislike the look of, actually, so I'll just post a link to Omniglot's page on writing systems instead of spending all evening on this.
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Flarioca
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 Message 3 of 69
28 February 2009 at 12:22am | IP Logged 
I also enjoy the diversity of scripts, but so far have been able not to allow my fondness on them to drive my language learning choices and desires. For sure, this would bring me to a terrible wanderlust.

IF writing systems were my first reason to learn a language, among the languages I would like to study, in order of preference, they would be

Georgian, Korean, Mandarin and Arabic.

After these, not in order, Thai, Hindi/Sanskrit and Tamil.

Of course, there are many other languages I would like to study, but none due to its writing system.
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Aquedita
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 Message 4 of 69
28 February 2009 at 12:33am | IP Logged 
Definitely Arabic&Sanskrit, no contest :)
To tell the truth I'm not that keen on the Korean one. Probably since I find it hard to learn it :P
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Romullo
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 Message 5 of 69
28 February 2009 at 12:59am | IP Logged 
Aquedita wrote:
Definitely Arabic&Sanskrit, no contest :)
To tell the truth I'm not that keen on the Korean one. Probably since I find it hard to learn it :P


If you're talking about the Korean language many on this forum would agree, but the script is right the opposite, it's regarded as the easiest and was designed to be so.


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Romullo
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 Message 6 of 69
28 February 2009 at 1:01am | IP Logged 
Divehi looks both arabic and indian
ބޮޑު ކަމުދާ ދޮ

Edited by Romullo on 28 February 2009 at 1:23am

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Emilia
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 Message 7 of 69
28 February 2009 at 1:34am | IP Logged 
Hebrew, there is something calming about looking at those "squares".
Greek looks very "refined" too.

Out of the scripts I can't read, I like Coptic very much.
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Fat-tony
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 Message 8 of 69
28 February 2009 at 2:17am | IP Logged 
I have to say that many scripts look beautiful when they are "exotic" (once you get used to them Thai and
Devanagari, among others, are just "normal") but nastaliq arabic script is the most beautiful IMHO.




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