Trantanese is a language and writing system created by Albert
Nguyen for use in a fictional country, Trantan. The letter shapes
are based on parts of Chinese characters but they are arranged in
syllable blocks in a similar way to Korean Hangul.
Originally Albert intended to create a syllabic writing system
for Vietnamese, but found this too difficult. Instead of scrapping
all his work, he decided to create his own language similar to
Vietnamese that could use his writing system.
Trantan is a fictional country in southeast Asia that isolates
itself from the rest of the world, but occasionally sends out
observers to see if there are any linguistic, cultural, or political
changes in the outside world that should be incorporated into its own
society. As a result of its geographical location and the observers,
it has been heavily influenced by Vietnamese and Chinese.
Trantanese it normally written from left to right, top to bottom.
The traditional top to bottom, right to left pattern is still used
for artistic and ceremonial occasions.
Each syllable block can consist of up to four parts, an initial
consonant, a middle vowel or vowel cluster, a final consonant and
tone mark. The only required component is a vowel.
There are 27 possible initials, 29 possible middles, 6 possible
finals, and 4 possible tone marks (a fifth tone is indicated by
the absence of a tone mark).
Trantanese uses the same tones as in Vietnamese, minus the hỏi tone.
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 Trantanese, you can contact Albert at: