Most people take reading and writing for granted. On this page alone, there are hundreds of words. We don't realize that every letter has a science and a history behind it.

That's not the case at Omniglot, the online encyclopedia of written language. This massive site has a wealth of information about every known writing system, some of which are extinct.

If you're trying to learn a new language, or just interested in learning about how language works, this website is indispensable. It contains countless detailed tips, articles and links.

You can learn how your name is written in other languages. Also don't miss the puzzles section, where you can help solve real-life mysteries and crack forgotten codes.

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