Read and Write Hieroglyphs

Learning to read and write hieroglyphs is just like learning any other language – except you don’t really need to learn the speaking element!

On this site you will therefore find pages mainly dealing with reading and writing, although the combination of the two will also give you all the tools you need to try speaking if you wish!


Where should I start?

The very first thing to do is to familiarise yourself with some of the key concepts needed to properly understand hieroglyphs. Once you’ve got the basics – start with learning the basic hieroglyphic alphabet (the uniliterals). These are surprisingly quick to learn and will very quickly get you into the right frame of mind to learn more. Use the translator to spell out our name and some other words, then try some yourself!

Suggested order:

First, learn about Hieroglyphic Reading order

Next, check out Phonograms, Ideograms and Determinatives

The learn a bit about how to use ancient Egyptian vowels

Finally, start on the Hieroglyphic alphabet, and check out the translator to translate your name!


Going further

Once you have an understanding of the basic hieroglyphs, spend some time working on simple grammar and word order. We use the simplest symbols possible in all our examples, so you don’t need to learn all of the more complicated bilateral, trilateral and multilateral symbols before beginning to put together some simple sentences, or spell your name!

Once you have a grasp of the fundamentals, then start to explore the more complicated glyphs.