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Alphabets, Scripts, or Writing Systems

Based on a sample, guess the alphabet, script, or writing system that is depicted in each image.
Includes a few alphabets from fictional languages.
Quiz by carawebo
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Last updated: October 16, 2023
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First submittedFebruary 3, 2019
Times taken20,326
Average score40.9%
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88 Comments
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Level 71
Feb 3, 2019
Wow, so extensive, well done.
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Level 67
Apr 12, 2019
I do not think the the Niqqud (Vowels) should be used for the picture of Hebrew, as it is hardly ever used among fluent speakers of the language while reading, and most read Hebrew without the Niqqud.
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Level 75
Oct 20, 2019
Changed to something else. I have zero idea about most of the scripts over here (all but two) so maybe this new pic is more appropiated. Regards.
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Level 59
Mar 23, 2021
Great quiz. The best thing about the quiz is how it is flawless despite being so extensive. I didn't find any place to complain.

I made a similar quiz but with very limited answers because I was very picky about it

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Level 75
Mar 24, 2021
Thank you. Yes, picking a sample instead of the complete alphabet made the image search easier. I remember some of them are a political party or a random newspaper.

There may be mistakes of course, as I am completely unfamiliar with almost all of them. Any comment is very welcome :)

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Level 61
Mar 23, 2021
You should consider accepting Inuktitut for Canadian Aboriginal, great quiz!!
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Level 75
Mar 24, 2021
Added. Apparently the one depicted here is an alphabet for the Cree language, which is somehow different to Inuktitut, but for the purposes of this quiz I feel it is enough to identify it. Thank you.
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Level 59
Mar 4, 2022
Interestingly, the Cree-alphabet looks the most futuristic, I actually thought it to be from a sci-fi movie or series, like Klingon.
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Level 65
Mar 23, 2021
good stuff, really difficult. Nominated! Good luck
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Level 73
Mar 24, 2021
Nice work! I would suggest adding a caveat stating that this includes real and fictional languages (Klingon, Elvish, etc.). Also, an extra minute would be much appreciated. I don't think 4 minutes are enough time for 40 answers. You must allow for some thinking time.
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Level 75
Mar 24, 2021
Completely agree on both suggestions. Both of them are implemented now. Thank you very much.
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Level 38
Apr 5, 2021
Ehm... maybe im wrong but you should add more correct answers for Chinese like Mandarin (talked by people these days), Cantonese (by people who live in hongkong and some other areas),... as what i know, on the picture is Mandarin. Anw you made an awesome quiz! I really like it.
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Level 63
Aug 12, 2021
It's not about the language but about the script though. I agree there should be more type-ins on that one, but Mandarin or Cantonese would be wrong, in my opinion.
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Level 73
Mar 4, 2022
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2022
So, any suggestions? It currently accepts, Chinese, Hanzi and Simplified Chinese. Kept Kanji and Hanza aside, maybe I should add them... not sure which more type-ins to add. Thank you.
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Level 74
Nov 5, 2023
Mandarin and Cantonese are spoken languages. Both can use either Traditional Chinese writing (used in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and much of the Chinese diaspora) or Simplified Chinese writing (used mostly in Mainland China). This example is Simplified Chinese —it says "Chinese Communist Party" in Simplified Chinese, which can be zhong guo gong chan dang in Mandarin, jung gwok gung caan dong in Cantonese, etc.
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Level 68
Jun 11, 2021
Impressive quiz. Fun.
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Level 78
Jun 14, 2021
What a great quiz, nominated! Very proud of myself for recognising the text from the Voynich Manuscript.
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2022
Cool someone recognized it! Somewhat obscure, but I thought it had a cool story behind it so I kept it!
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Level 63
Aug 12, 2021
Great quiz, but damn, you need to work on the type-ins here. Surely 'hyroglyphs' should be accepted rather than just 'Egyptian', and 'hanzu'/'kanji' should really be accepted for Chinese characters. There's plenty of others well. This quiz really has potential though, so I've nominated it all the same!
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2022
Added more type ins for Hieroglyphs, hard word, that's why I accepted Egyptian. Not sure about the Chinese ones though. What others you think they need more type ins? Thank you.
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Level 60
Aug 17, 2023
If you want, you could do "h[iey]+r[eo]gl[iy]ph" for the RegEx, but I don't think you need to accept anything other than hieroglyph and Egyptian.
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Level 69
Mar 29, 2024
I agree hieroglyph plus egyptian should be enough. Those that can't manage the first one can jsut use the second one.
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Level 69
Nov 8, 2021
Great quiz, thanks. Nominated!
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Level 69
Nov 8, 2021
Great quiz! But please accept Futhark for runes.
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Level 75
Nov 9, 2021
Done!
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Level 68
Nov 8, 2021
Great quiz! I suggest you to include tamasheq, an alphabet that has beautiful letters.
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Level 75
Nov 9, 2021
Thank you, good idea!! I added an extra row with this one, a native American one, one more from India and a curious one from an insular country (actually consider by Wikipedia as one of the major scripts in the world, and it was missing!)
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Level 60
Nov 8, 2021
Amazing quiz, I found little room to complain!
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Level 61
Mar 4, 2022
Loved the quiz! Just one thing, the answer box for "Maldivian" says "Thaana", but the quiz doesn't accept "Thaana" as the answer.
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2022
You were right, fixed. It actually accepted Maldivian, Taana, Tana and something else, but not Thana!
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Level 76
Mar 4, 2022
Great quiz! The picture you have for Elvish is written using Tengwar, the alphabet used for the elvish languages, but the text there is the inscription from the One Ring, which is in the Black Speech.
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Level 75
Mar 5, 2022
So do you think it should be changed? If it is using Tengwar, this quiz is about scripts so it should be accepted even though the language is not Elvish iself. But to be honest, I have zero idea.
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Level 60
Mar 4, 2022
I can already hear TheNatureThread typing his comments…
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Level 59
Nov 5, 2023
Surprisingly, he hasn't!
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Level 62
May 20, 2022
Can you add Divehi as a type in for Maldivian, I only knew it as that.
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Level 75
May 22, 2022
Done. Apparently that's the name of the language, and what's given here is the name of the script. But added as well, for the purpose of this quiz I feel it is enough.
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Level 84
May 27, 2022
Surprised Ethiopic didn't work for Ethiopian.
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Level 84
May 27, 2022
For you Unicode nerds:

Thai: 0E00-0E7F

Greek: 0370-03FF

Hangul: all over the place

Hebrew: 0590-05FF

Latin: mostly 0000-00FF

Mongolian: 1800-18AF

Braille: 2800-28FF

Klingon: not in Unicode

Devanagari: 0900-097F

Armenian: 0530-058F

Morse Code: not in Unicode separate from normal dots and dashes

Tamil: 0B80-0BFF

Cuneiform: 12000-1247F

Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics: 1400-167F

Voynich: not in Unicode (and shouldn't be until it's translated)

Syriac: 0700-074F

Ethiopic: 1200-139F

Chinese: all over the place

Arabic: 0600-06FF

Runic: 16A0-16FF

Lao: 0E80-0EFF

Egyptian Hieroglyphs: 13000-1342F

Mayan Numerals: 1D2E0-1D2FF

Katakana: 30A0-30FF

Aurebesh: not in Unicode

Myanmar: 1000-109F

Phoenician: 10900-1091F

Gothic: 10330-1034F

Elvish: not in Unicode

Bengali: 0980-09FF

Tibetan: 0F00-0FFF

Georgian: 10A0-10FF

IPA: 0250-02AF

Rongorongo: not in Unicode (untranslated)

Telugu: 0C00-0C7F

Javanese: 0A980-A9DF

Khmer: 1780-17FF

Cyrillic: 0400-052F

Sign Language: not in Unicode

Gujarati: 0A80-0AFF

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Level 56
Jan 19, 2024
what
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Level 84
May 27, 2022
Tifinagh: 2D30-2D7F

Cherokee: 13A0-13FF

Thaana: 0780-07BF

Malayalam: 0D00-0D7F

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Level 73
May 28, 2022
Thanks for the answers! LOL. Except, it doesn't accept Tifinagh :(

Anyway, nice quiz! Some other suggestions that you can add: Nastaliq (used to write Farsi and Urdu) and Gurmukhi (Punjabi).

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Level 81
Oct 30, 2023
I'm not sure Nastaliq really counts as a separate script? I would argue that it's more just a particular style of writing Arabic.
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Level 59
Nov 5, 2023
No it's different
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Level 36
Jun 10, 2024
It's nasty.
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Level 59
Dec 25, 2022
Could you accept 'Heiroglyphics' ?
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Level 59
Feb 27, 2023
Telugu....Nice!
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Level 66
Jun 2, 2023
Nice quiz!

How about making it more difficult in the way that answer must match the highlighted script? Of course that could use a bit longer time then.

(Or make second quiz - one easy and one difficult variant.)

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Level 56
Jun 2, 2023
Yes I agree - I really enjoyed it but did get a lot of them just by typing random stuff in thinking "that will probably be in there somewhere". It would be more satisfying (though harder) with the yellow box.
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Level 60
Aug 17, 2023
I think I prefer it as is, but a yellow box version could be good.
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Level 70
Jun 2, 2023
I couldn't remember how to spell Voynich... Awesome quiz!
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Level 59
Aug 5, 2023
Fun quiz!

Feels nice to be able to recognise Rongorongo

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Level 61
Oct 20, 2023
The characters are a bit difficult to see with dark mode, you might want to adjust that a bit.
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Level ∞
Oct 30, 2023
This has been fixed
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Level 60
Nov 2, 2023
It's still not working well for me on dark mode. I can barely read half of them
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Level ∞
Nov 2, 2023
Fixed for dark mode on mobile.
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Level 63
Oct 30, 2023
I'm so glad that it became featured! Congratulations to you!
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Level 64
Oct 30, 2023
Can't get the yellow boxes to highlight on my phone. What a shame - it's an interesting quiz
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Level 76
Oct 30, 2023
That's because there aren't any...
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Level 64
Oct 31, 2023
Duh! Thank you!!
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Level 90
Oct 30, 2023
should add enochian and the witches alphabet
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Level 68
Oct 30, 2023
Could you accept add some more type-ins for "Phoenician"? Maybe "phonecian" and "phonician"?
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Level 76
Oct 30, 2023
Great quiz, but maybe the yellow box is needed here?
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Level 90
Oct 30, 2023
You'd have to be a genius to read and write some of these languages.
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Level 78
Oct 31, 2023
After experiencing this variety, I was almost expecting to see Linear A/B, binary, and C++, just to name a few.
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Level 91
Oct 31, 2023
As usual, I missed an important detail before starting the quiz and didn't realize there were fictional languages included. But the fourteen-year-old nerd in me is alive and kicking, apparently. Saw that script out of Tolkien and recognized it immediately. Went back and got one of the other made-up scripts. (I tried "Predatorish" for the Star Wars language. Kind of reminds me of the digital readout on the Predator's wrist-mounted control panel gizmo. Probably misremembering it, though.)
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Level 87
Oct 31, 2023
The Klingon shown is from the northern continent. Southern Klingon is a curvier script.
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Level 82
Oct 31, 2023
Fascinating quiz.
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Level 75
Nov 5, 2023
Could you accept Aramaic for Syriac? It is aka Syrian Aramaic
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Level 67
Nov 5, 2023
Could you accept American for Latin? Cause it is how America writes…
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2023
bruh, this gotta be the most US-centric comment I've ever seen. The English language might as well be called the American language at this point
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Level 75
Nov 5, 2023
I hope this is a joke.
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Level 50
Nov 5, 2023
I do as well.
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Level 67
Nov 5, 2023
Sure, just wanna have fun
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Level 50
Nov 5, 2023
I would have gotten Armenian if it was not for the confusing font. Those characters do not look like any font I have ever seen Armenian written in.
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Level 46
Nov 5, 2023
Is Bengali the language, and eastern nagari the script? And then why does Bangla not work, I know it can be used synonymously with Bengali
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Level 72
Nov 6, 2023
Can you accept "kanji" for the Chinese characters, and can you accept ASL for the sign language?
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Level 48
Nov 6, 2023
I'm proud to call myself a Star Wars nerd when I got Aurebesh immediately
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Level 65
Nov 6, 2023
why the fictional ones :sob:
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Level 71
Nov 7, 2023
Great quiz, but can I ask for slightly more time? Also, can bichig be accepted for the Mongolian script? Furthermore, I suggest that the "main name" of the Elvish script be changed to Tengwar, because that is the name of the script.
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Level 65
Nov 14, 2023
Is that the Yandex logo?
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Level 46
Feb 15, 2024
“Hangeul” should be accepted which uses the newer way of romanising.
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Level 20
Feb 25, 2024
I forgot Morse code and wrote barille instead of Braille and there one of the most obvious 😂😂
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Level 20
Feb 25, 2024
Scoring

You scored 6/44 = 14%

This beats or equals 6.6% of test takers

The average score is 18

Your high score is 6

I'm so bad 😂😭💀

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Level 50
Mar 15, 2024
I was wondering why syllabics doesn’t work for the Canadian aboriginal script, as that’s what I’ve usually heard it referred as. Great quiz!
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Level 69
Mar 29, 2024
though my score might not have been great ( only 22.. ) I did know gothic and easter island and also voynich though I couldn't come up with it.

I think this quiz could (should) use yellow box and more time. So people won't start spamming languages, which is a lot less fun

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Level 66
Apr 26, 2024
Hangeul should be accepted
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Level 26
May 11, 2024
I got Rongorongo but not Hebrew.