ZhongHua Yu Zi    ZhongHua Yu Zi

The ZhongHua Yu Zi (中华语字) was invented by Martin Luan as an alternative script for Mandarin Chinese. It's designed to be simple, logical and flexible, and the name means "Chinese Speaking Character".

The sound of the consonants are based on BoPoMoFo and their shapes come from the shape and position of lips and teeth when the sound are pronounced. The shapes are basic squares and lines to make them easy to write and read. All similar sounds have more or less the same shape and can be recognized easily once you know the basic rule.

Notable features

  • The consonants and vowels have totally different shapes so that the reader can easily distinguish the vowels in the writing.
  • The four tones can be ignored or specified by additional diacritics or other marks. They are indicated by locations of the vowels and the vowel ends.
  • Consonants are the back bone of each Chinese syllable and vowels and its end (empty, -n, -ng, -r) are written around the consonants. The vowels are written in a clockwise direction and are always linked to the consonants. The vowels are located on the top right, top left, bottom left, bottom right respectively to show the four tones.
  • The script could theoretical be written in any direction.
  • Used to write: Mandarin Chinese. Could be adapted to write other languages.
  • There are at least three ways to write with this new system: with all character written separately; with every word connected at the bottom; or with the whole clause or sentence connected at the bottom.

ZhongHua Yu Zi

ZhongHua Yu Zi

Sample text

Sample text in the ZhongHua Yu Zi

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
(Part of article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

If you have any questions about the ZhongHua Yu Zi, you can contact Martin at: goldenrain@gmail.com

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