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Sympol   Sympol

The Sympol alphabet was invented by Charles McLaughin, who tried to make as simple and intuitive as possible. It has only 12 basic symbols and the few people he has shown it to found it quite easy to pick up.

The letters are built up of symbols representing the tongue, teeth and lips with accents (hard, soft, nasal etc.), to indicate the position and level of stress so that the overall effect of the text is a diagram of how to pronounce the word. The spelling is phonetic and silent letters are not shown.

Vowel sounds are indicated with single or combinations of accents at the base of the main symbol, except when they come at the beginning a word when they are placed above the start of the first letter. If no vowel sound is indicated then the symbol is pronounced as a single letter.

Notable features

Sympol alphabet

Sympol alphabet

Sympol letter names

Sympol letter names

Sympol symbols

Sympol vowels

Sample text

Sample text in Sympol


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

If you have any questions about this alphabet, you can contact Charles at:

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