I've really enjoyed learning the Shavian alphabet! ๐‘ฒ'๐‘ ๐‘ฎ๐‘ฝ๐‘ค๐‘ฐ ๐‘ง๐‘ฏ๐‘ก๐‘ถ๐‘› ๐‘ค๐‘ป๐‘ฏ๐‘ฆ๐‘™ ๐‘ž ๐‘–๐‘ฑ๐‘๐‘ฐ๐‘ฉ๐‘ฏ ๐‘จ๐‘ค๐‘“๐‘ฉ๐‘š๐‘ง๐‘‘!

Because it does away with all the dipthongs and tripthongs of English in the latin alphabet it's much shorter (whichโ€ฆ is a plus, I guess?) and surprisingly easy to read (once you can recognise the characters).

(For some reason the Shavian alphabet is also a part of unicode, so you can type it too! If you're on a mac, just open the emoji panel with ^ โŒ˜ space and type "shavian" to see all the characters)

I created a flashcard pack for AnkiApp (you can download it here) and got to being able to read the characters (slowly!) within a week โ€” it's a lot of fun to be able to read what's effectively a secret code ๐Ÿ˜„

Tall and deep letters

Shavian letterPronunciationName/example
๐‘/p/peep
๐‘š/b/bib
๐‘‘/t/tot
๐‘›/d/dead
๐‘’/k/kick
๐‘œ/ษก/gag
๐‘“/f/fee
๐‘/v/vow
๐‘”/ฮธ/thigh
๐‘ž/รฐ/they
๐‘•/s/so
๐‘Ÿ/z/zoo
๐‘–/สƒ/sure
๐‘ /ส’/measure
๐‘—/tสƒ/church
๐‘ก/dส’/judge
๐‘˜/j/yea
๐‘ข/w/woe
๐‘™/ล‹/hung
๐‘ฃ/h/ha-ha

Short letters

Shavian letterPronunciationName/example
๐‘ค/l/loll
๐‘ฎ/r/roar
๐‘ฅ/m/mime
๐‘ฏ/n/nun
๐‘ฆ/ษช/if
๐‘ฐ/iห/eat
๐‘ง/ษ›/egg
๐‘ฑ/eษช/age
๐‘จ/รฆ/ash
๐‘ฒ/aษช//ice
๐‘ฉ/ษ™/ado
๐‘ณ/สŒ/up
๐‘ช/ษ’/on
๐‘ด/oสŠ/oak
๐‘ซ/สŠ/wool
๐‘ต/uห/ooze
๐‘ฌ/aสŠ/out
๐‘ถ/ษ”ษช/oil
๐‘ญ/ษ‘ห/ah
๐‘ท/ษ”ห/awe

Ligatures

Shavian letterPronunciationName/example
๐‘ธ/ษ‘หr/are
๐‘น/ษ”หr/or
๐‘บ/ษ›ษ™r/air
๐‘ป/ษœหr/err
๐‘ผ/ษ™r/array
๐‘ฝ/ษชษ™r/ear
๐‘พ/iษ™/ian
๐‘ฟ/juห/yew