Kara Hiragana (韓ひらがな) &
Kara Katakana (カラカタカナ)
Kara Hiragana were invented by Bae Jun and are additional symbols, based
on Japanese Hiragana, used to write Korean. Since he started learning Japanese
he has devised numerous pseudo-kana symbols just for fun. He used them as a
secret code for keeping his diary for a while, but in the early stages each
character did not match a specific sound.
In 2004 he created some additional symbols, based on the Japanese mixed
writing system, in order to write Korean with accuracy. He has also devised
Kara-Katakana, a modified version of katakana which makes the writing of
other foreign languages easier using the Korean phonological structure.
Kara Katakana uses mainly diacritics added to existing kana instead of
new characters. Like Katakana, it is used for the transcription of foreign
words and for emphasis.
The character 韓 is pronounced kara, kan or
han in Japanese and means Korea or Korean, in Mandarin and Korean
it's prounced han and means the same.
- Type of writing system: syllabary
- Direction of writing: left to right
- Hiragana symbols are used as in Japanese, except:
ち [ti] and つ [tu] not chi and tsu
ゑ [we] and ゐ [wi] not e and i
V sounds are: わ” va ゐ” vi う” vu ゑ” ve を” vo (+dakuten)
F sounds are: わº fa ゐº fi うº fu ゑº fe をº fo (+handakuten)
L sounds are: ら” la り” li る” lu れ” le ろ” lo (+dakuten)
- Hentaigana, alternative forms of the standard kana symbols no
longer used in Japanese, are used in Karagana-mixed writing system
Sample text in Kara Hiragana
Sample text in Kara Hiragana mixed with hanja
Sample text in Kara Katakana
Original Korean text
Modeun Ingan-eun Tae-eonal ttaebuteo Jayuroumyeo Geu Jon-eomgwa Gwonrie
Iss-eo Dongdeunghada. Ingan-eun Cheonbujeog-euro Iseong-gwa Yangsim-eul
Bu-yeobad-ass-eumyeo Seoro Hyungje-ae-ui Jeongsin-euro Haengdongha-yeo-yahanda.
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 Kara Hiragana or Kara Katakana, you can
contact Bae Jun at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other scripts invented by Bae Jun
Other constructed scripts