How to identify Asian, African, and Middle Eastern alphabets at a glance

You can't be expected to memorize all these beautiful alphabets, but you can get wise to their signature looks

Japanese script (but, would you have known?).

Recently, I wrote about how to use special characters to identify languages that use Latin alphabets. But what about all those other alphabets? You can't be expected to memorize them all, of course. And you don't have to. Just keep an eye out for their signature looks — and maybe use one or two mental tricks to help you remember. Here are the languages you're most likely to see, with some tips on how to identify them.

South and Southeast Asia

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