Egyptian Language is one of the oldest in the world.
However, it was relatively recently when scholars could finally understand
the messages in the glyphs. The translation was a tedious and difficult
task that bested many a linguist. The language was originally
composed of ideograms, or pictograms that expressed a single thought or
item. These changed, over many centuries, into a syllabic and finally
a semi phonetic system. The systems are blended into each other.
For example, there may be a sentence that contains all three forms
of the glyphs.
Syllabic Symbols contain more than one sound
per symbol. Some of these also have symbolic value as well.
These are both ideographs and pictographs that have a syllabic nature.
Often these are pictures of real things which are pronounced as the chart
displays. For example, the Ankh stands for eternal life and is pronounced
"Ankh". The Ka is a part of the egyptian soul, as well as the Ba.
They also are pronounced the same way. These are both
symbolic and syllabic! Whheew!
The Pictographs below are examples
of Egyptian writing at its most primitive. These show a single item
and were probably the first types of symbols to be used in the Nile Valley.
More Cool Egyptian Writing Links:
Have your name written in Hieroglyphics:
Good source for more detail on hieroglyphics: