As if Romanian and Hungarian wouldn’t be hard enough already, I have discovered a third alphabet, hitherto unknown to me, on street signs in the Szeklerland in Romania.
This script, which consists of 45 characters, is read from right to left. It is believed to originate from Turkish or Siberian runic script and dates back to the 8th century. Because this runic script has a character for each of the Hungarian sounds which are unpronounceable to the rest of the world, it is actually better suited for Hungarian than the Latin alphabet. Hence there are indeed voices which seek to reintroduce this ancient script for current use. The translators at the European Union institutions will be happy.
Here is the complete alphabet, just in time for the next trip to Hungary:
(I took the photo in Gheorgheni in Romania. – Hier gibt es diesen Beitrag auf Deutsch.)