Thomas Leigh wrote: >4. Amharic -- interesting sound (with all the ejectives and geminate >consonants), interesting and very complex grammar, and it has one of the >coolest writing systems on Earth. I'm with you on the Amharic writing system! In fact, I used its design as the basis for the Tokana syllabic writing system: To get an idea of the Tokana writing system, imagine a mixture of Runic and Old Cyrillic characters disguised to look like Amharic and written with a flat-nibbed pen by an Ethiopian scribe. Matt.