We can communicate with languages. We tell others what we're thinking or feeling. Writing has this function as well. Most languages have a written form, or writing. Writing consists of characters. These characters can be diverse. Most writing is made up of letters. These letters make up alphabets. An alphabet is an organized set of graphic symbols. These characters are joined to form words according to certain rules. Each character has a fixed pronunciation. The term "alphabet" comes from the Greek language. There, the first two letters were called "alpha" and "beta". There have been many different alphabets throughout history. People were using characters more than 3,000 years ago. Earlier, characters were magical symbols. Only a few people knew what they meant. Later, the characters lost their symbolic nature. Today, letters have no meaning. They only have a meaning when they are combined with other letters. Characters such as that of the Chinese function differently. They resemble pictures and often depict what they mean. When we write, we are encoding our thoughts. We use characters to record our knowledge. Our brain has learned how to decode the alphabet. Characters become words, words become ideas. In this way, a text can survive for thousands of years. And still be understood…
Guess the language!
______ is counted among the Romance languages.
That means that it developed out of Latin.
______ is the native language of about 70 million people.
The majority of those live in ****y.
______ is also understood in Slovenia and Croatia.
The language traveled as far away as Africa through colonial politics.
Even today, ______ is understood in Libya, Somalia, and Eritrea by many older people.
Numerous emigrants also took the language with them to their new homeland.
Most notably there are many ______-language communities in South America.
Often ______ has mixed in with Spanish in those areas and created new languages.
The unusual thing about ______ is its many different dialects.
Some experts even speak of individual languages.
The orthography of ______ is not difficult; it follows the pronunciation.
For many, ______ is the most beautiful language in the world!
Perhaps because it is the language of music, design and good cuisine?