Script charts

I decided to improve the script charts on the hiragana and katakana pages on Omniglot today – something I’ve been meaning to do to a long time.

Here’s one of the new charts:

Hiragana chart

As well as put improved charts of the kana online, I’ve also put links to Word and PDF versions of the charts for handy offline reference.

Do you think such downloadable charts are useful? Would you like to similar ones for other writing systems?

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12 Responses to Script charts

  1. merzak says:

    wonderfull.wonderfull.thank you

  2. LAttilaD says:

    Yes, Simon, they’re very useful. A long time ago I’ve downloaded a lot of script and alphabet images from Omniglot and copied them onto my Palm, but there were many and I’ve got tired. But the images I’ve downloaded are there as a useful reference.
    By the way, I like this chart because it uses big letters. There are many images on Omniglot with letters very small, and tiny details are often difficult to recognize. I would be happy to see them bigger. There are a lot of languages I didn’t see any information elsewhere for.

  3. Jayan says:

    I’d love to see downloadable charts for other languages! Tak!

  4. The Japanese ones for me are VEEEEEEEEEERY useful! Thank you very much Simon! Great work with Omniglot.

  5. Simon, that downloadable charts will be surely useful!

    Can you configure them in a size to be printed like cards?

  6. Simon says:

    Jayan – I’ve made a chart for Korean and will be making them for other alphabets.

    Leonardo – what kind of size are you thinking of for the cards?

  7. renato says:

    I agree completely

  8. Hoang says:

    I agree, very useful for learning an unfamiliar script. I usually have to make this kind of charts myself, it’d be great if they were available on omniglot.

  9. Hi Simon, I thought of cards sized from like credit cards to a palm-top size. What do you think?

  10. Simon says:

    Leonardo – I’ll see if I can make some credit card-sized charts.

  11. I found literal errors in hiragana and in katakana.

    in the charts
    そ(zo) ぞ(zo)
    きゅ(gyu) ぎゅ(gyu)

    in 世界人権宣言
    すうべて すべて
    びゅうどう びょうどう
    しんなければ しなければ
    ウマレナガラニシデ ウマレナガラニシテ
    ノンゲンハ ニンゲンハ
    アガイニ タガイニ
    モッテモコードーシナケレバナラナイ モッテコードーシナケレバナラナイ

    Would you add them if you are interesting in some additional sounds in katakana which are used for foreign words imported recently?
    ウィ wi ウィリアム William
    ウェ we ウェーブ wave
    ウォ wo ウォレット wallet
    ティ ti パーティー party
    ディ di ディール deal
    トゥ tu トゥー to
    ドゥ du ドゥー do
    デュ dyu デュエット duet
    フィ fi フィールド field
    フェ fe フェード fade
    フォ fo フォーム form
    フュ fyu フューチャー future

    words imported old days
    プラットホーム platform (for railway platform)
    ヒューズ fuse (for electrical device)

    The under katakana are hardly used than the over. it can replace the following.
    スィ si → シ shi (シー C, システム system)
    ズィ zi → ジ ji (ミュージアム museum)
    ヴィ vi → ビ bi (ブイ V, ボイド void)
    ヴ vu → ブ bu (セーブ save)
    ヴェ ve → ベ be (ベール veil)
    ヴォ vo → ボ bo (ボイス voice)
    テュ tyu → チュ chu (チューナー tuner)

  12. Simon says:

    Thanks for the corrections.