Index of languages by writing system

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

Arabic | Baybayin | Bengali | Buhid | Burmese | Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics | Chinese | Cuneiform | Cyrillic | Devanagari | Ge'ez (Ethiopic) | Georgian | Gujarati | Gurmukhi | Hebrew | Kannada | Kharosthi | Kathi | Khojki | Lao | Latin | Lontara | Malayalam | Mwangwego | N'ko | Ogham | Oriya | Phags-pa | Runic | Syriac | Sharda | Soyombo | Takri | Tibetan | Tifinagh

Writing system (mainly) used to write one language

Ahom | Akkadian Cuneiform | Ancient Berber | Ancient Egyptian Demotic | Ancient Egyptian Hieratic | Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic | Ancient Latin | Aramaic | Armenian | Avestan | Balinese | Bamum | Bassa (Vah) | Batak | Beitha Kukju | Blackfoot | Borama | Brahmi | Carian | Caroline Island Script | Carpathian Basin Rovas | Carrier | Caucasian Albanian | Celtiberian | Chakma | Cham | Cherokee | Chữ-nôm | Coorgi-Cox | Coptic | Cree | Cypriot | Dalecarlian Runes | Dehong Dai | Deseret | Dhives Akuru | Elbasan | Elamite | Eskayan | Etruscan | Evela Akuru | Faliscan | Fraser | Glagolitic | Gondi | Gothic | Grantha | Greek | Hanunó'o | Hiragana | Iberian | Inutitut | Javanese | Jurchen | Katakana | Kayah Li | Khazarian Rovas | Khitan | Khmer | Kirat Rai | Korean (Hangeul) | Kpelle | Lanna | Lepcha | Limbu | Linear A | Linear B | Loma | Luwian | Lycian | Lydian | Manchu | Mandaic | Manipuri | Marsiliana | Mayan | Mende | Meroïtic | Messapic | Middle Adriatic / South Picene | Middle Persian | Modi | Mongolian | Nabataean | Naskapi | Naxi | Ndjuka | New Tai Lue | North Picene | Nüshu | Oirat Clear Script | Ojibwe | Old Church Slavonic | Old Permic | Old Persian Cuneiform | Old Uyghur | Orkhon / Old Turkic | Oscan | Osmanya (Somali) | Pahawh Hmong | Pallava | Parthian | Phoenician | Phrygian | Psalter | Proto-Sinaitic / Proto-Canaanite | Punic | Ranjana | Redjang | Rongo Rongo | Sabaean | Samaritan | Santali | Shan | Siddham | Sindhi | Székely-Hungarian Rovás (Hungarian Runes) | Sinhala | Sorang Sompeng | Sourashtra | Sumerian Cuneiform | Sundanese | Syloti-Nagri | Tagbanwa | Tai Dam | Tamil | Tangut | Telugu | Thaana | Thai | Tocharian | Todhri | Tolong Siki | Tigalari | Ugaritic | Umbrian | Vai | Varang Kshiti | Yi |

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


العربية

Arabic script

Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Arabic (Syrian), Äynu, Azeri, Baluchi, Beja, Bosnian, Brahui, Chechen, Crimean Tatar, Dari, Gilaki, Hausa, Kabyle, Karakalpak, Konkani, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khowar, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Malay, Marwari, Mandekan, Mazandarani, Morisco, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Salar, Saraiki, Shabaki, Sindhi, Somali, Tatar, Tausūg, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek

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.

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Baybayin script

Baybayin syllabary

Iloko, Kapampangan, Tagalog


বাংলা

Bengali script (Eastern Nagari / Eastern Neo-Brahmic script)

Bengali, Garo, Manipuri, Mundari, Sylheti

Also used to write: Bishnupriya, Bodo, Chakma, Chiru, Koda, Nisi, Deori, Dimasa, Hajong, 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.

Source: http://scriptsource.org/scr/Beng


Buhid

Buhid script

Buhid, Tagalog


Myanmar (myanma sa)

Burmese script

Burmese, Karen, Marma

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ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ

Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics

Blackfoot, Carrier, Chipewyan, Cree, Inuktitut, Naskapi, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree


漢字

Chinese script

Chinese (hanzi), Cantonese (honji), Japanese (kanji), Korean (hanja), Vietnamese (chữ-nôm)


eme-ĝir

Cuneiform scripts

Akkadian Cuneiform script, Elamite Cuneiform, Hittite Cuneiform, Old Persian Cuneiform, Sumerian Cuneiform, Ugaritic Cuneiform


Кириллица

Cyrillic alphabet

Abaza, Abkhaz, Adyghe, Aghul, Akhvakh, Altay, Andi, Archi, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Avar, Azeri, Bagvalal, Balkar, Bashkir, Bats, Belarusian, Botlikh, Budukh, Bulgarian, Buryat, Chamalal, Chechen, Chukchi, Chuvash, Crimean Tatar, Dargwa, Dungan, Enets, Erzya, Even, Evenki, Gagauz, Godoberi, Hinukh, Hunzib, Ingush, 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, Russian, Ruthenian, Rutul, Selkup, Serbian, Shor, Slovio, Tabassaran, Tajik, Talysh, Tat, Tatar, Tindi, Tofa, Tsakhur, Tsez, Turkmen, Tuvan, Ubykh, Udi, Udmurt, Ukrainian, Ulch, Urum, Uyghur, Uzbek, Votic, Yaghnobi, Yakut, Yukaghir, Yupik

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दवनागरी

Devanagari script

Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Kurukh, Maithili, Marathi, Marwari, Mundari, Nepal Bhasa / Newari, Nepali, Pali, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Saraiki, Sindhi, Sunuwar, Sylheti


ፊደል

Ge'ez (Ethiopic) script

Amharic, Argobba, Awngi, Blin, Chaha, Dizin, Ge'ez, Harari, Inor, Silt'e, Tigre, Tigrinya, Xamtanga

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Ⴋხედრული

Georgian alphabet

Georgian, Laz, Mingrelian, Svan


Greek alphabet

Greek alphabet

Arvanitic, Greek

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.

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Gujarati script

Gujarati script

Gujarati, Kutchi

Also used to write Sanskrit and Hindi .


Gurmukhi

Gurmukhi script

Punjabi

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


עברית / עִבְרִית

Hebrew script

Aramaic, Bukhori, Hebrew, Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Judeo-Arabic, Juhuri, Karaim, Ladino, Yiddish


Kaithi (kāyăthī)

Kaithi script

Bhojpuri, Maghadi, Urdu, Awadhi, Maithili, Bengali


Kannada script

Kannada script

Kannada, Kodava, Konkani, Tulu


Kharosthi script

Kharosthi script

Gandhari and Sanskrit


Khojki script

Khojki script

Sindhi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and other languages


Hangeul script

Korean (Hangeul) script

Cia-Cia, Korean

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Lao script

Lao script

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

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Latin alphabet

Latin/Roman alphabet

Abenaki, Acehnese, Acholi, Achuar-Shiwiar, Afaan Oromo, Afar, Afrikaans, Ainu, Ajië, Akan, Aklan, Akurio, Alabama, Albanian, Aleut, Algonquin, Alsatian, Amahuaca, Amarakaeri, Amis, Anutan, Apache, Arabela, Aragonese, Aranese, Arapaho, Aromanian, Arrernte, Arvanitic, Asháninka, Asturian, Atayal, Aymara, Azeri, Bambara, Baniwa, Bashkir, Basque, Bavarian, Belarusian, Bemba, Bikol, Bislama, Bora, Bouyei, Brahui, Breton, Bugis, Bundjalung, Burushaski, Bushi, Caquinte, Catalan, Cayuga, Cebuano, Central Sinama, Chamorro, Cha'palaachi, Chavacano, Chechen, Cheyenne, Chinanteco, Cimbrian, Chichewa, Chickasaw, Chipewyan, Chippewa, Choctaw, Chuukese, Cofán, Comanche, Cornish, Corsican, Cape Verdean Creole, Creek, Croatian, Crow, Cubeo, Cuyonon, Czech, Dagaare, Dagbani, Danish, Dawan, Delaware, Massachusett, Dholuo, Dinka, Dolgan, Drehu, Duala, Dusun, Dutch, Elfdalian, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Ewe, Ewondo, Eyak, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino, Filipino, Finnish, Flemish, Folkspraak, Fon, Fox, French, French Guianese Creole, Frisian, Friulian, Fula(ni), Futunan, Ga, Gagauz, Galician, Gallo, Ganda, Garifuna, Garo, Genoese, German, Gooniyandi, Greenlandic, Guadeloupean Creole, Guambiano, Guanano, Guarani, Guernésiais, Gugadja/Kukatja, Gwich’in, Haida, Haitian Creole, Hän, Hausa, Hawaiian, Herero, Hiligaynon, Hixkaryana, Hopi, Hotcąk, Hungarian, Huasteco, Iban, Icelandic, Ido, Igbo, Iloko, Inari Sámi, Indonesian, Ingrian, Interglossa, Interlingua, Iñupiaq, Irish, Italian, Iu Mien, Jamaican, Jaminjung, Javanese, Jèrriais (Jersey Norman French), Jingulu, Juǀʼhoan, Juhuri, Kabyle, Kadazandusun, Kaingang, Kala Lagaw Ya, Kam, Kanuri, Kapampangan, Kaqchikel, Karaim, Karakalpak, Karamojong, Karelian, Karuk, Kashubian, Kaurna, Kazakh, Ket, Khakas, Khoekhoe, Ki'che', Kikuyu, Kinyarwanda, Kiribati, Kirundi, Klallam, Klamath, Koasati, Kolam, Konkani, Koya, Kumyk, Kuna, Kurdish, Kven, Kwakiutl, Ladin, Lingala, Latin, Latino sine Flexione, Latgalian, Latvian, Lingua Franca Nova, Lithuanian, Livonian, Llanito, Lojban, Lombard, Low Saxon, Lozi, Lule Sámi, Alur, Luxembourgish, Maasai, Madurese, Makasarese, Makhuwa, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Mam, Manado Malay, Mandar, Mandinka, Maninka, Mankanya, Manx, Māori, Mapuche, Maranao, Marshallese, Massachusett, Mauritian Creole, Mazahua, Mazatec, Mbum, Megleno-Romanian, Meriam Mir, Miami, Mikasuki, Mi'kmaq, Minangkabau, Mirandese, Miskito, Mixtec, Mizo, Mohawk, Montagnais, Montenegrin, Moriori, Mossi, Mro, Mundari, Murrinh-Patha, Murui Huitoto, Nagamese, Nahuatl, Nama, Naskapi, Nauruan, Navajo, Naxi, Ndebele, Ndrumbea, Neapolitan, Nenets, Ngiyambaa, Nheengatu, Nias, Niuean, Noongar, Norn, Norwegian, North Frisian, Northern Sámi, Northern Sotho, Novial, Nuer, Nuosu (Yi), Nuu-Chah-Nulth (Nootka), Nǁng, Occidental, Occitan, Okinawan, Onondaga, O'odham, Omaha, Oneida, Old Norse, OshiWambo, Ossetian, Otomi, Ottawa, Paakantyi, Paama, Paicî, Palauan, Pangasinan, Papiamento, Pennsylvania German, Piedmontese, Pijin, Pipil, Pirahã, Pite Sámi, Pitjantjatjara, Pohnpeian, Polish, Pomo (Eastern), Porja, Portuguese, Potawatomi, Purepecha, Q’anjob’al, Q'eqchi', Quechua, Raga, Rapa Nui, Rarotongan, Ronga, Rotokas, Romanian, Romansh, Romany, Rotuman, Saami/Sámi, Saanich, Sakao, Salar, Samoan, Sango, Saramaccan, Sardinian, Sarnámi Hindustani, Saterland Frisian, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Seri, Seychelles Creole, Shavante, Shawnee, Shetland(ic), Shilluk, Shona, Shoshone, Sicilian, Silesian, Sioux, Skolt Sámi, Slovak, Slovene, Slovio, Somali, Sorbian, Southern Sámi, Southern Sotho, Spanish, Sranan, Susu, Swahili, Swati/Swazi, Swedish, Tagabawà, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tatar, Taiwanese, Talysh, Tamajaq, Tamasheq, Tariana, Tausūg, Teleut, Tepehuán, Ter Sámi, Tetum, Tiriyó, Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib), Tlingit, Toba Qom, Tok Pisin, Tokelauan, Tongan, Toraja-Sa'dan, Torres-Strait Creole, Tshiluba, Tsonga, Tsotsil, Tswa, Tswana, Tuareg, Tucano, Tumbuka, Turkish, Turkmen, Turoyo, Tuscarora, Tuvaluan, Tuvan, Twi, Tzeltal, Udi, Ume Sámi, Urarina, Uyghur, Uzbek, Venda, Venetian, Veps, Vietnamese, Volapük, Võro, Wakhi, Walloon, Warlpiri, Waray-Waray, Wardaman, Wayuu, Welsh, Wemba Wemba, West Frisian, Wik-Mungkan, Winnebago, Wiradjuri, Wolaytta, Wolof, Wynadot, Xârâcùù, Xhosa, Yaghnobi, Yapese, Yaqui, Yindjibarndi, Yolngu, Yoruba, Yucatec Maya, Yurok, Záparo, Zapotec, Zarma, Zazaki, Zhuang, Zulu, Zuni

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Lontara script

Lontara script

Bugis, Makasarese, Mandar


Malayalam script

Malayalam script

Konkani, Malayalam


N'Ko script

N'ko script

Bambara, Dioula, Maninka


Mwangwego

Mwangwego script

Languages of Malawi, including Chibemba, Chichewa, Chilambya, Chilomwe, Chimambwe, Chindali, Chingoni, Chinyiha, Chinyika, Chisena, Chisenga, Chisukwa, Chitonga, Chitumbuka, Chiyao, Kinyakyusa, Kyangonde.


Ogham

Ogham alphabet

Archaic Irish, Old Welsh, Latin


Oriya script

Oriya script

Mundari, Oriya

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Phags-pa

Phags-pa script

Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan, Sanskrit


Pollard script

Pollard script

A-Hmao, Lipo, Sichuan Miao, Nisu

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Futhark (Runic)

Runic script

Germanic languages & Latin


Sharda

Sharda script

Kashmiri, Sanskrit and a number of other languages in the northwest of India and in parts of Central Asia.


Soyombo script

Soyombo script

Mongolian, Tibetan, Sanskrit


Syriac script

Syriac script

Aramaic, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Mandaic, Turoyo, Western Neo-Aramaic


Takri (Ṭākarī)

Takri script

Chambeali, Dogri, Gaddi, Jaunsari, Kashtwari, Kulvi, Mandeali


Tibetan script

Tibetan script

Dzongkha (Bhutanese), Sikkimese, Tibetan, Tshangla


Tifinagh script

Tifinagh script

Kabyle, Tamazight

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