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Quick brown foxes in other scripts

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Adamdm
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 Message 1 of 11
13 August 2010 at 3:39am | IP Logged 
The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" contains all of the letters used in the English language.

Do forum members know of comparable sentences in languages with non-Latin alphabets?
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johntm93
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13 August 2010 at 5:10am | IP Logged 
Not what you're looking for, but this is a lesser known sentence than the "brown fox" that contains all the letters:
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs
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Kazen
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13 August 2010 at 6:46am | IP Logged 
Yup! Japanese has Iroha, a poem that uses all of the phonetic hiragana characters. What's amazing is that it accomplishes the feat with no repeats. Take that, you foxy line with four o's! -_^

Edited by Kazen on 13 August 2010 at 6:47am

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Adamdm
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13 August 2010 at 7:07am | IP Logged 
Kazen wrote:
Yup! Japanese has Iroha, a poem that uses all of the phonetic hiragana characters. What's amazing is that it accomplishes the feat with no repeats.


Thanks - that's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for!

Following up on this on the web has also lead me to discover "man'yōgana", an early form of Japanese phonetic writing.
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Doitsujin
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13 August 2010 at 7:07am | IP Logged 
Adamdm wrote:
Do forum members know of comparable sentences in languages with non-Latin alphabets?

Apparently, these sentences are called Pangrams and Wikipedia has a long article about them with lots of examples of pangrams in non-Latin alphabets.
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Adamdm
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13 August 2010 at 7:19am | IP Logged 
Doitsujin wrote:
... Pangrams and Wikipedia has a long article about them with lots of examples of pangrams in non-Latin alphabets.


Bonza!

Lots of great pearls of wisdom in there too - a random example:

Quote:
키스의 고유조건은 입술끼리 만나야 하고 특별한 기술은 필요치 않다.
The essential condition for kiss is that lips meet and there is no special technique required.



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Doitsujin
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13 August 2010 at 9:06am | IP Logged 
Adamdm wrote:
Lots of great pearls of wisdom in there too - a random example:
Quote:
키스의 고유조건은 입술끼리 만나야 하고 특별한 기술은 필요치 않다.
The essential condition for kiss is that lips meet and there is no special technique required.


Who would have thunk it? :-)
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eumiro
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 Message 8 of 11
13 August 2010 at 9:39am | IP Logged 
"Příliš žluťoučký kůň úpěl ďábelské ódy" - this is the Czech sentence, that contains all letters with special characters and is often used to check the correct encoding in software, webpages, etc.

It means something like 'A too yellow horse moaned devil odes.'




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