me asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

We use arabic numbers but where do our letters some from?

Our numbers are arabic (unless you are using Roman Numerals)in origin but where do our letters come from?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The original alphabet was developed by a Semitic people living in or near Egypt.* They based it on the idea developed by the Egyptians, but used their own specific symbols. It was quickly adopted by their neighbors and relatives to the east and north, the Canaanites, the Hebrews, and the Phoenicians. The Phoenicians spread their alphabet to other people of the Near East and Asia Minor, as well as to the Arabs, the Greeks, and the Etruscans, and as far west as present day Spain. The letters and names on the left are the ones used by the Phoenicians.

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  • the english alphabet has 26 letters and comes from the Latin alphabet. Has same origin that spanish alphabet, but among them exist some differences.

    has nothing to do with the phoenician alphabet. The phoenicians wrote from right to left, and letters were different

    check here http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Parliament/25...

    Source(s): i'm lebanese, and my ancestors were the phoenicians
  • 1 decade ago

    It's the Latin alphabet.

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