Foreign-Language Alphabets

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<em>Foreign-Language Alphabets</em>&nbsp;from Dover Publications will not teach you foreign languages, but it contains a cool collection of foreign-language fonts for a cool $19.95 price.</p>
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I came across this book when I was scouring the Dover <a href="http://doverpublications.com">website</a> for language-learning books--and was immediately intrigued. The book is not actually meant for people like me; it is meant for graphic artists who need "hard-to-find" foreign-language alphabets. But I often just want to see what alphabets look like for different languages, so it sounded like a great idea for me anyway. If you are someone who is constantly curious about diacritics, it may be a great idea for you, too.</p>
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The book includes 100 complete font sets in 43 languages; they were selected and arranged by Dan X. Solo.&nbsp;Old abuts new. According to the introductory text, "The hundred alphabets in this book are used in printing more than fifty of the world's principal languages. A few, like Anglo Saxon, may be of interest only to scholars, but most are commercial languages read by large numbers of people."</p>
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There are eight font collections for German (both old and modern), which I'm sure are helpful to designers, but as a language learner, I am more drawn to the pages on less familiar tongues such as Lithuanian, Frisian, and Croatian.</p>
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The design of <em>Foreign-Language Alphabet</em>s is simple--this is no fancy coffee-table book--but it is jammed full of fabulous letters and would be a wonderful gift for a language lover.</p>

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