Hwayih Woen (华裔文)

Hwayih Woen is a hybrid writing system created by J.Y. Cheung (张子睿) that uses Chinese characters available in Unicode to write the English language, guaranteeing universal availability not only via pen and paper, but also on all digital consumer technology without needing to go beyond what is natively available on any given device.

Hwayih Woen's orthographic architecture, although completely based on Chinese characters, takes enormous inspiration from the Japanese writing system, particularly with regards to the procedure of retrofitting a non-Sinitic language into characters. Although the genesis of Hwayih Woen's creation arose from a need to create functional language pedagogy tools (both from Chinese to English and English to Chinese), in a greater sense, the purpose of Hwayih Woen is to provide the world-wide Chinese diaspora — particularly those overseas Chinese born and raised in the Anglosphere — a language community that is uniquely their own, while still preserving a tangible link back to their ancestral languages, similar to what Yiddish did for the Ashkenazi Jews or Ladino for the Sephardic Jews during the centuries of exile prior to the establishment of the State of Israel after World War II.

Structurally speaking, Hwayih Woen subdivides into two forms: the Junior Script, and the Senior Script. The Junior Script uses 48 archaic characters to represent all sounds of the English language on a 1:1 sound-to-symbol ratio (using the General American accent as a basis). This would be the equivalent of writing Japanese in 100% Hiragana. By contrast, the Senior Script uses standard Chinese logograms on the basis of their meaning, which is then in turn rendered into their corresponding English word, in tandem with the Junior Script phonetic characters — roughly similar to how Japanese handles Kanji.

The name Hwayih Woen, when written in characters, renders as: 华裔文. When using the Latin alphabet, the writing system uses the Gwoyeu Romatzyh transliteration standard.

Notable features

Hwayih Woen (Junior Script)

Hwayih Woen (Junior Script)

Download an alphabet chart for Hwayih Woen (Excel)

Sample text (Junior Script)

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Sample text (Senior Script)


Sample text (Senior and Junior Scripts combined)

Sample text in Hwayih Woen


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