Swofō

Swofō

Swofō was invented by Pakorn Limpornchitwilai when he was 13 years old. He was inspired by the Japanese, Korean and Chinese scripts. Swofō has three writing systems: Chaito, Taewo and Ranwo. Swofō is used to write Swo, a language constructed by Pakorn Limpornchitwilai.

Ranwo was initially pictures, and was then simplified into symbols. Later some parts of characters came to be used to represent meaning, and other parts to hint at the pronunciation. Nowadays, there are about 1,000 Ranwo characters used in daily life.

Chaito was invented by simplifying the Ranwo symbols. It is used to represent the sounds of the Swo language. There are 50 Chaito characters, which can represent other sounds by adding extra symbols or combining symbols together, as in Japanese hiragana and katakana.

Taewo was inspired by the Korean Hangeul alphabet. It is used to write foreign loan words.

Notable features

Swofō script

Swofō script

Swofō script

Numerals

Swofō script

Sample text

Sample text in Swofō

Transliteration

Ne chaŋ ki wāmu tan jwada nwea totthu wa hæjyozi no yu næ. Ne chaŋ ki gwanfaŋyu wa ðunnon'yu ta nonkæ e zowoeja, neuŋ de poŋyugu tan kæroidejounin.

Translation

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)

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