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This is a list of the languages featured on Omniglot arranged by the writing systems with which they are written. This is not an exhaustive list of all the languages written with each writing system, but mainly the ones that appear on Omniglot.

The most widely used writing systems are the Latin, Cyrillic and Arabic alphabets. An index of all the languages of all the languages featured on this site is available in the language index.

Some languages have been written with a number of different writing systems over the years. For example, in Central Asia many languages were originally written with the Arabic alphabet, then switched to the Latin alphabet during the 1920s, then to the Cyrillic alphabet during the 1930s or 1940s. Some of them switched back to the Latin alphabet during the 1990s or in the early 21st century.


Writing systems used to write more than one language


Writing systems (mainly) used to write one language

If you can't find a particular writing system or language here, please look in the A-Z index or the Language index.



Writing system Used to write

Arabic
Arabic

Some of these languages, such as Bosnian and Turkish, were once written with the Arabic alphabet, but nowadays are normally written with a different alphabet, such as Latin or Cyrillic.

Adamaua Fulfulde, Afrikaans, Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Arabic (Syrian), Arabic (Tunisian), Arwi, Äynu, Azeri, Balti, Baluchi, Beja, Bosnian, Brahui, Chagatai, Chechen, Comorian, Crimean Tatar, Dari, Domari, Gilaki, Hausa, Hazaragi, Kabyle, Karakalpak, Konkani, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khowar, Khorasani Turkic, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lezgi, Luri, Malay, Marwari, Mandekan, Mazandarani, Morisco, Palula, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Punjabi, Qashqai, Rajasthani, Rohingya, Salar, Saraiki, Serer, Shabaki, Shina, Shughni, Sindhi, Somali, Tatar, Tausūg, Torwali, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek, Wakhi, Wolof
Hebrew (Ivrit)
Hebrew
Aramaic, Bukhori, Domari, Hebrew, Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Judeo-Arabic, Juhuri, Ladino, Yiddish, Yevanic
Balinese script
Balinese
Balinese
Baybayin script
Baybayin
Iloko (Ilocano), Kapampangan, Tagalog
Myanmar (myanma sa)
Burmese / Myanmar
Arakanese, Burmese, Jingpho, Karen, Marma, Palaung
ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ
Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics
Blackfoot, Carrier, Chipewyan, Cree, Inuktitut, Naskapi, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree
漢字
Chinese
Chinese (hanzi), Cantonese (honji), Japanese (kanji), Korean (hanja), Vietnamese (chữ-nôm)
Coptic alphabet
Coptic
Coptic, Old Nubian
eme-ĝir
Cuneiform scripts
Akkadian, Elamite, Hittite, Old Persian Cuneiform, Sumerian, Ugaritic
Abaza, Abkhaz, Adyghe, Aghul, Akhvakh, Altay, Andi, Archi, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Avar, Azeri, Bagvalal, Balkar, Bashkir, Belarusian, Bezhta, Botlikh, Budukh, Bulgarian, Buryat, Chamalal, Chechen, Chelkan, Chukchi, Chuvash, Crimean Tatar, Dargwa, Dolgan, Dungan, Enets, Erzya, Even, Evenki, Gagauz, Godoberi, Hinukh, Hunzib, Ingush, Interslavic, Itelmen, Kabardian, Khinalug, Juhuri, Kalmyk, Karaim, Karakalpak, Karata, Kazakh, Ket, Khakas, Khanty, Khwarshi, Kildin Sámi, Komi, Koryak, Krymchak, Kryts, Kubachi, Kumyk, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lak, Lezgi, Lingua Franca Nova, Macedonian, Mansi, Mari, Moksha, Moldovan, Mongolian, Montenegrin, Nanai, Nenets, Nganasan, Nivkh, Nogai, Old Church Slavonic, Oroch, Orok, Ossetian, Pontic Greek, Russian, Ruthenian, Rutul, Selkup, Serbian, Shor, Shughni, Slovio, Soyot, Tabassaran, Tajik, Talysh, Tat, Tatar, Tindi, Tofa, Tsakhur, Tsez, Turkmen, Tuvan, Ubykh, Udege, Udi, Udmurt, Ukrainian, Ulch, Urum, Uyghur, Uzbek, Votic, Wakhi, West Polesian, Yaghnobi, Yakut, Yazghulami, Yukaghir, Yupik (Central Siberian)
दवनागरी
Devanagari
Awadhi, Bodo, Bhojpuri, Garhwali, Hindi, Jarawa, Kashmiri, Konkani, Kurukh, Magahi, Maithili, Marathi, Marwari, Mundari, Nepal Bhasa / Newari, Nepali, Pali, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Saraiki, Shina, Sindhi, Sunuwar, Sylheti
বাংলা
Eastern Nagari
(Bengali /
Eastern Neo-Brahmic)

Also used to write: Bishnupriya, Bodo, Chakma, Chiru, Koda, Nisi, Deori, Dimasa, Koch, Khasi, Kudmali, Tiwa, Sauria Paharia, Miri, Chothe Naga, Thangal Naga, Moyon Naga, Maring Naga, Rabha, Rangpuri, Santali, Sadri, Oraon Sadri, Sulung, Panchpargania, Tippera, Kok Borok, Toto and Usui.

ፊደል
Ge'ez (Ethiopic)
Amharic, Argobba, Awngi, Bench, Blin, Chaha, Dizin, Ge'ez, Hamer(-Banna), Harari, Inor, Silt'e, Tigre, Tigrinya, Xamtanga
მხედრული
Georgian (Mkhedruli)
Batsbi, Georgian, Laz, Mingrelian, Svan
Greek alphabet
Greek

Arvanitic, Cypriot Arabic, Greek, Griko, Tsakonian

Today the Greek alphabet is used to write Greek and occasionally Arvanitic, however at various times in the past it has been used to write such languages as Lydian, Phrygia, Thracian, Ancient Macedonian, Gaulish, Hebrew, Arabic, Old Ossetic, Albanian, Turkish, Aromanian, Gagauz, Surguch and Urum.

Gujarati
Gujarati
Gujarati, Kutchi
Gurmukhi
Gurmukhi

Punjabi

Also used to write such languages as Braj, Bhasha, Khariboli (and other Hindustani dialects), Sanskrit and Sindhi.

עברית / עִבְרִית
Hebrew
Aramaic, Bukhori, Domari, Hebrew, Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Judeo-Arabic, Juhuri, Ladino, Yiddish, Yevanic
Javanese script
Javanese
Javanese, Madurese
Kaithi (kāyăthī)
Kaithi
Bhojpuri, Maghadi, Urdu, Awadhi, Maithili, Bengali
Kannada script
Kannada
Kannada, Kodava, Konkani, Sankethi, Tulu
Kawi script
Kawi
Sanskrit, Old Javanese and Old Malay
Kharosthi script
Kharosthi
Gandhari and Sanskrit
Khojki script
Khojki
Sindhi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and other languages
Hangeul script
Hangeul
Cia-Cia, Jeju, Korean
Lao script
Lao

Lao

Also used to write: Tai Dam, Lave, Eastern Bru, Western Bru, Mong Njua, Iu Mien, Jeh, Kuy, Kataang, Lü, Khmu, Western Katu, Lamet, Hmong Daw, Ngeq, Pacoh, Phunoi, Upper Ta'oih and Lower Ta'oih

Abaza, Abellen, Abenaki, Abkhaz, Abui, Achagua, Achang, Acehnese, Acheron, Achi, Acholi, Achuar-Shiwiar, Achumawi, Adaizan, Adamaua Fulfulde, Adzera, Afaan Oromo, Afar, Afrikaans, Aguaruna, A-Hmao, Ahtna, Ainu, Aja, Ajië, Akan, Akatek, Aklan, Akurio, Alabama, Albanian, Aleut, Algonquin, Alsatian, Altay, Alur, Alutiiq, Alyawarr, Alyutor, Amahuaca, Amarakaeri, Amarasi, Amele, ǂ’Amkoe (ǂHoan), Amis, Andoa, Angami, Anuki, Anutan, Apache, Apma, Apurinã, Arabela, Aragonese, Araki, Aranese, Arapaho, Arawak, Arbëresh, Are, Arikara, Aringa, Aromanian, Arrernte, Arvanitic, Asháninka, Ashéninka, Assiniboine, Asturian, Atayal, Atikamekw, Atong, ’Auhelawa, Avokaya, Awa Pit, Awara, Awing, Aymara, Azeri, Babine-Witsuwit'en, Bade, Bai, Baka, Balangao, Bambara, Bandial, Baniwa, Bantoanon, Baoulé, Barai, Barbareño, Bari, Bariba, Bartangi, Bashkir, Basque, Bassa, Bavarian, Beaver, Belarusian, Beli, Bemba, Bench, Betawi, Biete, Bikol, Biloxi, Bininj Kunwok, Bislama, Blackfoot, Blagar, Blin, Bokar, Bolinao, Bongo, Bontoc, Bora, Botolan, Bouyei, Brahui, Breton, Bribri, Bugis, Buhutu, Bulu, Bundjalung, Bunun, Burushaski, Busa, Bushi, Cabécar, Caddo, Caluyanon, Candoshi-Shapra, Cape Verdean Creole, Caquinte, Casiguran Dumagat Agta, Catalan, Cayuga, Cebuano, Central Sinama, Chamicuro, Chamorro, Chang, Cha'palaa(chi), Chatino, Chavacano, Chechen, Cheyenne, Chinanteco, Cimbrian, Chichewa, Chickasaw, Chilcotin, Chinook, Chipewyan, Chippewa, Chiquihuitlán Mazatec, Chitimacha, Chiwere, Choctaw, Chokwe, Ch’ol, Chorti, Chrau, Chru, Chukchansi, Chuukese, Cipu, Cocopah, Coeur d'Alene, Cofán, Comanche, Comorian, Comox, Cora, Cornish, Corsican, Creek, Croatian, Crow, Cubeo, Cumbric, Cuyonon, Cypriot Arabic, Czech, Daga, Dagaare, Dagbani, Dalmatian, Dane-zaa (Beaver), Danish, Dananshan Miao, Daur, Dawan, Daza, Deg Xinag, Dena’ina, Dengebu, Dhao, Dholuo, Digaro Mishmi, Dinka, Ditidaht, Domari, Dongotono, Drehu, Drung, Duala, Dupaningan, Duri, Dusun, Dutch, Edo, Efik, Ekoka !Kung, Elfdalian, Emilian-Romagnol, English, Enindhilyagwa, Esperanto, Estonian, Ewe, Ewondo, Extremaduran, Eyak, Fala, Fanagalo, Fang, Faroese, Fijian, Fiji Hindi, Finnish, Flemish, Folkspraak, Fon, Fox, Franco-Provençal, French, French Guianese Creole, Frisian, Friulian, Fula(ni), Fur, Futunan, Fuyu Kyrgyz, Ga, Gagauz, Galician, Gallo, Galoli, Gamilaraay, Ganda, Garawa, Garifuna, Garo, Gawwada, Gen, Genoese, German, Ghadamès, Ghomara, Gija, Gitxsan, Goemai, Gonja, Gooniyandi, Gottscheerish, Greenlandic, Griko, Guadeloupean Creole, Guambiano, Guanano, Guarani, Guaymí, Guere, Guernésiais, Gugadja/Kukatja, Gǀui, Guinea-Bissau Creole, Guugu Yimithirr, Gwere, Gwich’in, Haida, Haisla, Haitian Creole, Halkomelem, Hamer(-Banna), Hän, Hani, Hausa, Hawaiian, Heiltsuk, Herero, Hidatsa, Hiligaynon, Hixkaryana, Hmar, Hmong Dau, Hmong Njau, Hmu, Hoava, Ho-Chunk / Winnebago, Hopi, Huambisa, Hungarian, Huarijio, Huasteco, Huichol, Hunsrik, Hupa, Iban, Ibibio, Icelandic, Ido, Idu Mishmi, Ifugao, Igbo, Ikizu, Iloko, Inari Saami, Indonesian, Ingrian, Ingush, Interglossa, Interlingua, Interslavic, Iñupiaq, Ipai, Iraqw, Irish, Ishkashimi, Isnag, Istriot, Italian, Iu Mien, Ivatan, Ivilyuat / Cahuilla, Ixil, Jabo, Jakaltek, Jalapa Mazatec, Jamaican, Jaminjung, Jaqaru, Jarai, Jarawa, Javanese, Jebero, Jèrriais (Jersey Norman French), Jicarilla, Jingulu, Jita, Jola-Fonyi, Jru, Juǀʼhoan, Juhuri, Jur Modo, Kabiye, Kabyle, Kadazandusun, Kadugli, Kagayanen, Kaingang, Kaiwá, Kakabai, Kala Lagaw Ya, Kam, Kambari, Kamda, Kanasi, Kanga, Kaninuwa, Kanuri, Kapampangan, Kapingamarangi, Kaqchikel, Karaim, Karakalpak, Karamojong, Karbi, Karelian, Karuk, Kasem, Kashaya, Kashibo, Kashinawa, Kashubian, Kaska, Kaurna, Kavalan, Kawaiisu, Kazakh, Keiga, Keliko, Keres, Ket, Khakas, Khasi, Khoekhoe, Khorasani Turkic, Khufi, Ki'che', Kichwa, Kickapoo, Kikuyu, Kiliwa, Kimbundu, Kinaray-a, Kinyarwanda, Kiribati, Kirundi, Kisi, Kissi, Kituba, Klallam, Klamath, Koasati, Kom (Cameroon), Kom (India), Komo, Kongo, Konjo, Konkani, Koti, Kove, Koyukon, Kri, Krongo, Kumeyaay, Kumyk, Kuna, Kuot, Kunjen, Kurdish, Kurti, Kutenai, Kuuk Thaayorre, Kven, Kwak̓wala, Laalaa, Lacandon, Ladin, Lahu, Lampung, Latin, Latino sine Flexione, Latgalian, Latvian, Ledo Kaili, Lele, Lezgi, Lingala, Lingua Franca Nova, Ligurian, Lillooet, Limba, Limburgish, Liq’wala, Lithuanian, Livonian, Llanito, Lojban, Lombard, Lopit, Lote, Lotuko, Lower Tanana, Low German, Lokoya, Lozi, Ludic, Lugbara, Luiseño, Lule Sámi, Lumun, Luobohe Miao, Lushootseed, Luxembourgish, Maasai, Machiguenga, Macushi, Ma'di, Madurese, Makah, Makasarese, Makonde, Makhuwa, Malagasy, Malay, Malecite-Passamaquoddy, Maltese, Mam, Manado Malay, Mandan, Mandar, Mandinka, Mangareva, Manggarainese, Maninka, Mankanya, Mano, Manx, Maore, Māori, Mapuche, Maranao, Marba, Maricopa, Marshallese, Masbateño, Mashan Miao, Maskelynes, Massachusett, Martu Wangka, Mato, Maung, Mauritian Creole, Mayo, Mazahua, Mazatec, Matigsalug, Mbula, Mbum, Megleno-Romanian, Mele-Fila, Menominee, Meriam Mir, Mescalero-Chiricahua, Miami, Michif, Mikasuki, Mi'kmaq, Miju, Minangkabau, Mirandese, Miriwoong, Miskito, Mixtec, Miya, Mizo, Mòcheno, Mohawk, Mohegan, Mojave, Mokilese, Monégasque, Monguor, Mono, Montagnais, Montenegrin, Moriori, Morokodo, Moronene, Moru, Mossi, Motu, Mualang, Muna, Mundari, Munsee, Muong, Murrinh-Patha, Murui Huitoto, Musey, Musi, Mutsun, Mwaghavul, Mwani, Mwotlap, Nagamese, Nahuatl, Nanti, Narim, Naro, Naskapi, Natchez, Nauruan, Navajo, Naxi, Ndebele (Northern - South Africa), Ndebele (Northern - Zimbabwe), Ndebele (Southern), Ndrumbea, Ndyuka, Neapolitan, Nenets, Ngaanyatjarra, Ngiyambaa, Ngizim, Nheengatu, Nias, Nisga’a, Niuafoʻou, Niuean, Nkore, Nobiin, Nomatsiguenga, Noon, Noongar, Norfuk, Norn, Norwegian, North Frisian, North Slavey, Northern Paiute, Northern Pomo, Northern Sámi, Northern Sotho, Northwest Maidu / Konkow, Novial, Nuer, Nukuoro, Nunggubuyu, Nupe, Nuu-Chah-Nulth (Nootka), Nuxalk, Nǁng, Nyelâyu, Nyole, Nzema, Occidental, Occitan, Okanagan, Okinawan, Olu'bo, Onge, Onondaga, O'odham, Oowekyala, Omaha, Oneida, Old Norse, Ona, Oroqen, Oroshor, OshiWambo, Ossetian, Otomi, Ottawa, Paakantyi, Paama, Páez, Paicî, Paipai, Paite, Paiwan, Palauan, Palenquero, Pangasinan, Papiamento, Paraujuano, Patwin, Pauna, Pawnee, Pazeh, Pennsylvania German, Piapoco, Picard, Piedmontese, Pijin, Pilagá, Pinyin, Pipil, Pirahã, Pite Sámi, Pitjantjatjara, Pochuri, Pohnpeian, Polci, Polish, Pomo (Central), Pomo (Eastern), Pomo (Southern), Pontic Greek, Portuguese, Potawatomi, Pukapukan, Purepecha, Q’anjob’al, Q'eqchi', Qo Xiong, Quapaw, Quechan, Quechua, Rade, Raga, Rapa Nui, Rarotongan, Rennellese, Réunion Creole, Rifian, Ripuarian, Rohingya, Ronga, Rotokas, Romani, Romanian, Romániço, Romansh, Rotuman, Roviana, Rushani, Saami/Sámi, Saanich, Saaroa, Safen, Sakao, Salar, Saliba, Salish, Sambal, Samoan, Sanglechi, Sango, Saramaccan, Santa / Dongxiang, Sardinian, Sarikoli, Sarnámi Hindustani, Sasak, Saterland Frisian, Satawalese, Savosavo, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Secoya, Sedang, Seediq, Sekani, Sena, Seneca, Serer, Seri, Serrano, Seychelles Creole, Shavante, Shawiya, Shawnee, Sheko, Shetland(ic), Shilha (Tashelhit), Shilluk, Shipibo, Shona, Shoshone, Shuar, Shughni, Shuswap, Siar, Sicilian, Sierra Leonean Creole, Sikaiana, Silesian, Sio, Sioux, Skolt Sámi, Slovak, Slovenian, Slovio, Soga, Somali, Soninke, Sorbian, South Bolivian Quechua, South Slavey, Southern Sámi, Southern Sotho, Southern Tiwa, Spanish, Squamish, Sranan, Saint Lucian Creole, Stellingwarfs, Stoney, Sumbawa, Supyire, Susu, Swahili, Swati/Swazi, Swedish, Taa, Tagabawà, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tahltan, Taíno-Borikenaíki, Tairoa, Taiwanese, Tai Ya, Talysh, Tamahaq, Tamasheq, Tammari, Taos, Tarahumara, Tami, Tanacross, Tangale, Tangkhul Naga, Tariana, Tatar, Tausūg, Tboli, Tedim, Tehuelche, Teiwa, Temne, Tepehuán, Teribe, Ter Sámi, Tetum, Thompson / Nlaka'pamux, Ticuna, Tii, Tiipai, Tikopia, Timbisha, Tiriyó, Tiwi, Tlapanec, Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib), Tlingit, Toba Qom, Tocho, Tojolabal, Tok Pisin, Tokelauan, Tolaki, Tolowa, Tongan, Tongva, Toposa, Toqabaqita, Toraja-Sa'dan, Tsafikí, Torres-Strait Creole, Tshiluba, Tsimshian, Tsonga, Tsotsil, Tsuut'ina (Sarcee), Tswa, Tswana, Tuareg, Tucano, Tumak, Tumbuka, Tunica, Turkish, Turkmen, Turoyo, Tuscarora, Tutchone, Tuvaluan, Tuvan, Twi, Tzeltal, Tz'utujil, Ubang, Udege, Udi, Uduk, Umbundu, Ume Sámi, Unami (Lenape), Upper Kuskokwim, Upper Tanana, Urarina, Uyghur, Uzbek, Vadi, Vaeakau-Taumako, Värmlandic, Venda, Venetian, Veps, Vietnamese, Volapük, Võro, Vurës, Wa, Wa'di, Wakhi, Wallisian, Walloon, Wambaya, Wandamen, Wantoat, Warlpiri, Waray-Waray, Wardaman, Washo, Wayuu, Welsh, Wemba Wemba, Wendat, West Frisian, Western Rote, Wichita, Wik-Mungkan, Winnebago, Wintu, Wiradjuri, Wolaytta, Woleaian, Wolof, Wukchumni, Wymysorys, Xârâcùù, Xhosa, Yabem, Yaghnobi, Yami, Yaminawa, Yanesha', Yao, Yapese, Yaqui, Yazghulami, Yemba, Yimchungrü, Yindjibarndi, Yolngu, Yoruba, Yucatec Maya, Yuchi/Euchee, Yucuna, Yup'ik (Central Alaskan), Yurok, Záparo, Zapotec, Zarma, Zazaki, Zeelandic, Zenaga, Zhuang, Zigula, Zinza, Zou, Zulu, Zuni, Zuwara Berber
Lontara script
Lontara
Bugis, Makasarese, Mandar
Malayalam script
Malayalam
Konkani, Malayalam
N'Ko script
N'ko
Bambara, Dioula, Maninka
Mwangwego
Mwangwego
Languages of Malawi, including Chibemba, Chichewa, Chilambya, Chilomwe, Chimambwe, Chindali, Chingoni, Chinyiha, Chinyika, Chisena, Chisenga, Chisukwa, Chitonga, Chitumbuka, Chiyao, Kinyakyusa, Kyangonde
Ogham
Ogham
Irish, Welsh, Latin, Pictish
Odia script
Odia (Oriya)
Mundari, Odia
Phags-pa
Phags-pa
Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan, Sanskrit
Pollard script
Pollard
A-Hmao, Lipo, Lisu
Futhark (Runic)
Runic
Germanic languages & Latin
Sharda
Sharda
Kashmiri, Sanskrit and a number of other languages in the northwest of India and in parts of Central Asia.
Soyombo script
Soyombo
Mongolian, Tibetan, Sanskrit
Syriac script
Syriac
Aramaic, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Mandaic, Suriyani Malayalam, Turoyo, Western Neo-Aramaic
Takri (Ṭākarī)
Takri
Chambeali, Dogri, Gaddi, Jaunsari, Kashtwari, Kulvi, Mandeali
Tamil script
Tamil
Irula, Tamil, Toda
Thai script
Thai
Bisu, Northern Khmer, Thai
Tibetan script
Tibetan
Balti, Bokar, Dzongkha (Bhutanese), Ladakhi, Sikkimese, Tibetan, Tshangla
Tifinagh script
Tifinagh
Kabyle, Shilha (Tashelhit), Tamazight

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