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jbbar
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 Message 9 of 69
28 February 2009 at 2:17am | IP Logged 
Devanagari ranks very high on my "list." Out of all Indian writing systems that I know of, I do find it the most appealing to the eye. Gujarati looks fairly nice to me as well. On the other hand, I don't like Tamil and Malayalam at all. No offense.

I feel the same way about Hebrew as Emilia; I would describe it as harmonious.

Arabic generally looks gracious but it does depend on the type of calligraphy used. I don't like Kufi much but Persian style is great.

However, I think that the best of them all is the Eastern Syriac or "Nestorian" script. It looks somewhere in between modern Naskh-style Arabic and Hebrew square script. Very beautiful.

Korean script in traditional calligraphy is very nice to look at but it looks rather plain to me in most modern fonts.

I also like Lao quite a lot. Looks better than Thai and Khmer to me.

Oh, does anyone else here love Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs? ;)

jbbar

Edited by jbbar on 28 February 2009 at 2:18am

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Frisco
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 Message 10 of 69
28 February 2009 at 3:54am | IP Logged 
Hieratic and Carolingian miniscule are a couple of my favorites from the past. Modern ones that I like are Armenian and Georgian.
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john234
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 Message 11 of 69
28 February 2009 at 5:40am | IP Logged 
I find the Burmese script aesthetically pleasing. A block of Burmese text makes me think of bubbles rising in an aquarium.
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formiko
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 Message 12 of 69
28 February 2009 at 6:02am | IP Logged 
john234 wrote:
I find the Burmese script aesthetically pleasing. A block of Burmese text makes me think of bubbles rising in an aquarium.


Same with me. I learned a bit of Burmese for a missionary trip, but not the writing system, since it would take too long.All the words look the same!
But I love Armenian, Georgian, Aramaic and Tibetan the best.
Korean is too blocky, like katakana.
But the best is Javanese and Balinese. I get all gooshy when I see it.:)
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Qinshi
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 Message 13 of 69
28 February 2009 at 7:02am | IP Logged 
Personally I love the Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Cyrillic and Devanagari scripts alot. However, my favourite would have to be the Tibetan script which is aesthetically pleasing.

ཀ ཁ ག ང ཅ ཆ ཇ ཉ ཏ ཐ ད ན པ ཕ བ མ ཙ ཚ ཛ ཝ ཞ ཟ འ ཡ ར ལ ཤ ས ཧ ཨ
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MäcØSŸ
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 Message 14 of 69
28 February 2009 at 7:59am | IP Logged 
My favourite is Devanagri, but I also like Kannada, Tibetan, Hanzi/Kanji, Arabic and Georgian.
Hebrew and Tamil are also nice, because they have a "futuristic look", expecially in some letterings.
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ennime
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 Message 15 of 69
28 February 2009 at 2:32pm | IP Logged 
it seems not to rank very high with most but I like cyrillic
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theallstar
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 Message 16 of 69
28 February 2009 at 3:07pm | IP Logged 
I'd have to say I love the Japanese script a lot, even though at first it seems like such a mess of four different ways of writing :) Besides Japanese I love Korean, Mandarin and Cyrillic.

For me the script of a language is a major reason for wanting to learn it...


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