Chữ Vòng    Chữ Vòng

Chữ Vòng, literally "circle script", is an alternative alphabet for Vietnamese invented by Albert Nguyen. The motivation to create Chữ Vòng came from the desire to mimic the ability of Korean and Japanese, which also once used Chinese as the sole writing system, to maintain the use of Chinese characters along with their own phonetic writing systems.

While Chữ Nôm is a good way to represent native Vietnamese words, it is cumbersome, takes years of study to master, and it has not been updated for modern Vietnamese. Quốc Ngữ is simple and flexible, but is not written in blocks and so does not support Chữ Nho (Chinese characters). Chữ Vòng provides a purely phonetic syllabic script that is flexible enough to import new words as necessary and is much easier to learn than Chữ Nôm.

Notable features

While Chữ Nho and Chữ Nôm can be used along with Chữ Vòng, there are no set rules to determine which should be used and in what situations. Possible rules include:

Modern use of Chữ Nho and Chữ Nôm provides an opportunity to simplify characters as Simplified Chinese and Japanese have done. This would allow more characters to be used if one of the rules that consider stroke count is used.

Chữ Vòng writing system

Chữ Vòng initial consonants

Chữ Vòng final consonants

Notes on consonants


Chữ Vòng diphthongs

Notes on diphthongs

Chữ Vòng final consonants, vowels and tones

Sample texts

Sample text in Chữ Vòng

Text in Quốc Ngữ

Sample text in Vietnamese


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If you have any questions about Chữ Vòng, you can contact Albert at: albert.v.nguyen[at]gmail[dot]com

Information about Vietnamese | Chữ-nôm script | Phrases | Colours | Numbers | Time | Dates | Family words | Tower of Babel | Books about Vietnamese on: and [affilate links]

Constructed scripts by Albert Nguyen

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