The same way a Chinese reader does. By looking it up in the dictionary. The advantage is that the 25 or 30 characters would have a defined alphabetical order so it would be posisble to have a well-ordered dictionary. The dictionary would probably have to resort to a phonetic alphabet to describe the pronunciation. --gary Nik Taylor <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Gary Shannon wrote: > Any thoughts? How would you figure out what word an unfamiliar letter-pattern is?