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Escritura Ondeada ondeada

Escritura Ondeada, Wavy script, is an alternative script for Spanish invented by Sascha Mücke in order to more accurately represent its flowing character than the Latin alphabet. The glyph shapes are inspired by Tengwar, though the overall look is intended more to resemble Arabic or Hindi.

Notable features

The base lines connect for some glyphs to the left or right, or both (indicated by the small letters L and R). If for example "ga" (which connects to the right) is followed by "ra" (which connects to the left) the base line is drawn with a single stroke. The overall writing direction is left to right.

This writing system is an abugida with "a" as the inherent vowel which can be "muted" by a stroke over the glyph (e.g. "ta" becomes "t" when you put a stroke above it). For some glyphs the "mute stroke" goes below the glyph, not above. These glyphs are: ca, fa, ga, qua, va, xa, cha, ña. If two or more adjacent glyphs carry a "mute stroke" on the same vertical level, the stroke is also connected.

The other vowels are marked by dots above or below the consonant. When pronouncing a glyph, the consonant always comes before the vowel. If a word starts with a vowel or there are several consecutive vowels in a word, there is a glyph that looks like a circle which can be used as a "silent consonant" that carries only the vowel. An acute accent is represented by a diagonal upward stroke from the upper- and rightmost point of the glyph. If there are lines blocking the position where a vowel should go, e.g. in the word "olla" where the "tail" of the "lla" goes under the "o", the vowels adapt vertically.

Sometimes the letter "ü" is used to distinguish between "gue" and "güe" - this can be written as shown in:

Escritura Ondeada gue and güe

There are two special consonant glyphs without the inherent vowel: -r and -s. They are used only at the end of a word.

Escritura Ondeada

Escritura Ondeada

Sample texts

Sample text in Escritura Ondeada (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Spanish)


Todos los seres humanos nacen libres e iguales en dignidad y derechos y, dotados como están de razón y conciencia, deben comportarse fraternalmente los unos con los otros.


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)

Sample text in Escritura Ondeada


Con un lirio en la mano te dejo.
¡Amor de mi noche! Y viudita de mi astro
te encuentro.
Domador de sombrías mariposas,
sigo por mi camino.
Al cabo de mil años me verás.
¡Amor de mi noche! Por la vereda azul,
domador de sombrías estrellas,
seguiré mi camino. Hasta que el Universo
quepa en mi corazón.
Curva by Federico García Lorca

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