Marcella Serrano December 15, 2020 Alphabet Worksheet
Remark In the present world, two types of incompatible writing systems exist. One is horizontal alphabetic system. The other is vertical logographic system. Representative for the former is Latin alphabet. Representative for the latter is Chinese system. Horizontality and verticality are responsible for these two types, respectively. Some vertical non-logographic systems, such as Mongolian script and Japanese syllabary, are intermediate systems influenced by these two types. These two types are both fit for reading, for their respective directions. One may think that written Chinese is primitive for it is poor in representing speech sounds. Here we point out that it is an advanced system in top-down direction. With that direction writing would never develop into alphabet on its own. When horizontal writing meets vertical writing, alphabetic system overpowers logographic system because horizontal extension is fitter for our eyes.
Visual evolution of writing Evolution of writing is reflected in its visual characteristics. We can easily see the salient visual distinction between alphabets and pictographs. Alphabet is a standardized set of letters. They usually comprise tens of letters, and are derived from complex pictographic scripts. Pictographs are complex and huge in amount. It is understandable to think that they have not evolved visually. If evolved visually, why becoming simpler instead of more complex? If writing is taken as visual art, it should evolve towards greater complexity. However, writing is a means of communication, representing and recording knowledge. The clarity, convenience, efficiency and suitability for reading thus become main concern. At the beginning, drawings were to depict something directly, as pictures. They were arranged usually in lines to represent meaning continuously. Apparently, the complex pictographs are not easy to recognize, lowering reading accuracy. It affects the reading fluency since more time is spent fixating at one pictograph before moving to the next. Complex symbols are discarded or simplified to facilitate linear reading. Some symbols had simpler and clearer visual pattern and were more frequently used. Long time passed, only a set of symbols are left and standardized. We call them alphabets. The reduction in number, simplification and standardization facilitate visual manipulation and memorization, leading the alphabets to supersede pictographs. Alphabetic writing is more suitable for reading than pictographic systems. We use the word legibility to denote the concept fit for reading, which we think is the central in evolution.
Simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese coexist. The traditional Chinese should represent the genuine Chinese since simplification of Chinese characters was due to foreign influence. The simplification of Chinese characters was accompanied by change in writing direction. Change in direction is consistent with and also promotes simplification. Simplification and change from vertical to horizontal are in fact Chineses deviation from its essential nature. Characters internal structure is less concerned about. People are now accustomed to reason basing on double- or multi-character words rather than single characters. There is debate whether simplification of Chinese is beneficial. Simply put, as Chinese system has turned into horizontal system, further simplification should be its future.
Its never too early to start teaching your child the alphabet, so as well as singing nursery rhymes to your baby, sing the alphabet song too - you know, the one with the tune to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. By the way, you should slow down and pronounce L M N O P carefully; Ive heard lots of kids who can sing the song correctly but mumble through those letters, because that is how it has always sounded to them. Once you are able to start reading to your child, include an alphabet book in your reading. There many beautifully illustrated ones available. I also recommend that you choose one with both capital and lower case letters, which will introduce them to the idea that there are two different ways of writing a letter from the start. Simply say that This is a big A and this is a little A.
The Greek alphabet, although some people may find it easy to read even without the whole knowledge of it, there are different sounds to it, which is different from the widely used alphabet today. This is also because that the Greeks pronounce their letters and words differently. You will also find that most Greek words have an accent mark. To spot words of Greek origin, you may notice that they have "ph" instead of "f" and others. The Greek alphabet is such an interesting matter that one can learn. Being considered as the first real alphabet in history, it is truly worth learning. Language teachers are required to be knowledgeable with the Greek alphabet because it is so important to know how it all started. If you are thinking of getting into the field of communications and language, you might want to learn more about the Greek alphabet, and you will find how interesting it is. From there, you will start to learn more about the alphabets and other things that are related to language and communication that will definitely help you excel in your chosen field.
When you are a parent, and you want to teach your kids ahead of time just before he would go to school, you can use the free online worksheets. There are lots of them available. You can let your kids learn online. Through this, your kids will be ready for school. These online materials are readily downloadable and can be printed for use. And the good thing about this is that you can produce as many copies as you want, until your kid learns and perfect the craft of writing. There are also teachers who use these kinds of techniques to teach in a more animated manner. The idea is to keep children interested because without their attention, it is difficult to make them absorb what you are trying to teach.