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Star lover
June 6th, 2018, 06:58 AM
Khmer, the official language of Cambodia, has the world's longest alphabet with 69 letters currently in use and another five or so considered obsolete.


The world's shortest alphabet is the one used in the Rotokas language spoken by an estimated 4,300 people in Papua New Guinea. It consists of 11 or 12 letters (depending on which source you consult).


To put this in perspective: The English alphabet (as you probably know) has 26 letters, Icelandic has 32 letters in regular use and modern Russian uses 33 letters.

152950 Icelandic Alphabet

152952 Russian Alphabet

June 6th, 2018, 07:34 AM
I like the look of the Russian and Arabic alphabets.

June 6th, 2018, 10:09 AM
I am not a language person and having letters that look the same with little swas would be very confusing

June 6th, 2018, 01:23 PM
The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters, but they use that little dash (forget what its called) for pronunciation. It's a pretty sounding language, but I could never learn it.