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#41 Online XONAR

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Posted Feb 07 2014 - 04:25 PM

Another idea: Add pages with hexagons. :)

 

Good idea. I'll add that at in some point. :)

 

Maybe even the alternating up/down triangles for Xia. (I think that was later decanonized, but fans can ignore that, heh.)

 

Ooh yes, that'd be cool as well.

 

Plus, put the alphabet key at the start, IMO.

 

I don't know why I didn't think of that before. Adding that in as well...

 

Note: There is a problem with that pre-circled page thing, though -- a circle with nothing in it is the letter O even in Matoran, not a space. Spaces would just be spaces. :shrugs: I guess you should still trace over the circles with actual ink/pencil to do it properly. (Might  wanna mention that suggestion at the start too.)

 

That's a good point, but I imagine people would mainly use this for repetitive exercises like writing one letter repeatedly for practice. :P This kind of thing isn't really practical for anything else.


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Posted Feb 07 2014 - 05:49 PM

I can both read and write it, but I need to think a bit for it to kick in. It is fun to hide my scribblings in it since I'm the only person I know aside from my brother who knows it even remotely.


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#43 Offline LordofBionicles

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Posted Feb 07 2014 - 07:32 PM

I learned it after I decided to become a BIONICLE-fan and still use it sometimes, specially the numbers.


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Posted Feb 07 2014 - 10:06 PM

Another idea: Add pages with hexagons. :)

 

Maybe even the alternating up/down triangles for Xia. (I think that was later decanonized, but fans can ignore that, heh.)

 

Plus, put the alphabet key at the start, IMO.

 

Note: There is a problem with that pre-circled page thing, though -- a circle with nothing in it is the letter O even in Matoran, not a space. Spaces would just be spaces. :shrugs: I guess you should still trace over the circles with actual ink/pencil to do it properly. (Might  wanna mention that suggestion at the start too.)

 

I actually came up with a semi-fix for that already:

 

If I were to do it, I would just scribble inside a circle for it to count as a space.

But it shouldn't be too hard to make; I'm actually thinking of making one eventually here.

 

 

Thanks a ton, Xonar! This is pretty epic. Could you make one in which the circles are a little bit smaller, though? That would be great. Also, pages with hexagons and alternating up/down triangles would be cool (though I haven't previously heard of the latter. The source?), as would an alphabet legend if someone forgets a letter or two.

 

 

Yeah, did anyone else notice that they changed the way to write K? It looked like this, and then it looked like this

 

 

 

P.S. I think that second one is SO AWESOME, I gotta remember to print it out :bigeek:

 

 

I've noticed that too. I think the second version came about in the Voya Nui-era, which, coincidentally, is when the hexagonal alphabets came about too (if I'm not mistaken).

 

 

Edit: I hadn't noticed that Xonar had posted again already. :P

Also, I realized that on that second Bionicle alphabet you posted, ToA, the "y" is different too. Odd.


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Posted Feb 08 2014 - 02:20 PM

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Note: There is a problem with that pre-circled page thing, though -- a circle with nothing in it is the letter O even in Matoran, not a space. Spaces would just be spaces. :shrugs: I guess you should still trace over the circles with actual ink/pencil to do it properly. (Might  wanna mention that suggestion at the start too.)

 

That's a good point, but I imagine people would mainly use this for repetitive exercises like writing one letter repeatedly for practice. :P This kind of thing isn't really practical for anything else.

 

Maybe you could turn the lines of circles into light grey outlines, and the writer would only need to trace the outline to start a letter.


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Posted Feb 08 2014 - 09:13 PM

I still remember it for the most part after all these years. I used to feel like a genius for translating stuff from it and writing in the Matoran language myself.


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Posted Feb 14 2014 - 04:03 PM

I am the biggest nerd I know, and I even write school side-notes in matoran.


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Posted Feb 20 2014 - 03:39 PM

I still memorize it (though I keep forgetting the numbers at times), and I occasionally write in it to confuse and annoy my friends.


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Posted Feb 20 2014 - 05:19 PM

When I was younger, I somehow remembered enough matoran at school to write all the answers to a small homework assignment in it. 

 

My teacher was so mad...  :lol-sign:


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Posted Feb 21 2014 - 01:39 PM

No, I don't know by heart, but for some reason this topic makes me want to learn it.


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Posted Feb 21 2014 - 05:02 PM

I don't know why, but I never bothered to learn it. I was introduced sort of late (2006), and by then the Matoran Alphabet was pretty obsolete. I really should, but I have a hard time getting the hang of things like that.


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Posted Feb 24 2014 - 08:29 AM

You know there was a time I had the matoran alphabet memorized completely.. I could read and write matoran without even thinking about it.. However I eventually found myself focusing on other things, such as debating the story of how does toast taste so good with jellies and whatnot, that i eventually forgot all about the matoran alphabet. Heck even now i wish i could relearn it on that scale but i just feel i lack the drive for relearning it. Though it was fun leaving messages  for people and seeing them trying to decipher it.


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Posted Feb 24 2014 - 10:35 AM

When I was younger, I somehow remembered enough matoran at school to write all the answers to a small homework assignment in it. 

 

My teacher was so mad...  :lol-sign:

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Posted Feb 24 2014 - 12:45 PM

I cannot write in it, but I can generally read it in a pinch. 


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Posted Mar 31 2014 - 06:53 AM

I can recognize most of it, but when I want to write it... time to pull out the cheat sheet!


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Posted Apr 01 2014 - 06:57 AM

I used to be very good at it. I can still read it pretty easily, but I sometimes need a cheat sheet to write it.


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Posted Apr 01 2014 - 11:16 AM

I can write it just fine, I sat down and memorized the thing for kicks and then kept a journal for about a year, in which I wrote exclusively in Matoran.

I still have a bit of trouble reading it, though. Takes me a few seconds to decipher words(which is annoying when trying to read those messages in the Bionicle movies' credits).


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Posted Apr 01 2014 - 03:18 PM

I used to know it, but over time I'd just forgotten it. I really should just sit down and study up, never know when I'll have to communicate in Matoran in secret :P


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Posted Apr 01 2014 - 07:34 PM

I actually do...huh. I never memorized the numbers, but I recall writing notes in the alphabet and can still read and write pretty fluently in it. 


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Posted Apr 02 2014 - 01:43 PM

I know it, but I don't really enjoy it much. The letter style doesn't really appeal to me, as all the circles are annoying and I feel it doesn't work outside of a certain computer-made Flash environment. ;)
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Posted Apr 04 2014 - 03:28 PM

Yeah, I learnt it, back in the day. I'd probably be a bit rusty now, but I have a good memory for useless trivia of this kind; with a little bit of thought, I reckon I'd be able to read and write it fluently again.

 

The original Mata Nui version, at least; I never did get the hang of the hexagonal version that was used on Voya Nui.


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Posted Apr 04 2014 - 03:30 PM

The original Mata Nui version, at least; I never did get the hang of the hexagonal version that was used on Voya Nui.

From what I remember it is identical except for the hexagons instead of circles.

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Posted Apr 05 2014 - 09:25 AM

 

The original Mata Nui version, at least; I never did get the hang of the hexagonal version that was used on Voya Nui.

From what I remember it is identical except for the hexagons instead of circles.

 

The "K" is also different, with the Voya Nui "K" resembling the real-world "K" more.


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Posted Apr 08 2014 - 07:56 AM

I could never remember any of it.

 

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Posted Apr 08 2014 - 08:04 AM

I think BZPower should offer Matoran as one of the fonts available in the font selection box while posting.


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Posted Apr 08 2014 - 08:54 AM

I've memorized the Matoran Alphabet by heart. I've read it in MNOG and other stuff various times. I have also written in the Matoran Alphabet as well. It's great because people can't comprehend what you're writing. XD. I've also taught my two younger siblings how to read the Matoran Alphabet. I found it quite easy to memorize due to the fact that the letters of the Matoran Alphabet vaguely resemble that of the English alphabet.
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Posted Apr 08 2014 - 08:54 AM

I think BZPower should offer Matoran as one of the fonts available in the font selection box while posting.

Please, no. Even if it is readable to some people it would be worse to read than lime Comic Sans text to most.

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Posted Apr 08 2014 - 09:14 AM

The only letters I do not know is F,G sometimes. 


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Posted Apr 08 2014 - 02:04 PM

I think BZPower should offer Matoran as one of the fonts available in the font selection box while posting.

Actually, all of the Matoran letters are available as emoticons. See here and scroll to the bottom.     :m:  :a:  :t:  :m_o:  :r:  :a:  :n:

 

Although the limits on the number of emoticons you can use at a time make it not work in posts sometimes. It might work in PMs though. 


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Posted Apr 08 2014 - 02:36 PM

:i:  :r: :e: :a: :m_d:   :m: :a: :t: :m_o: :r: :a: :n: .

 

Though that proves nothing since all I had to do was put colons around every letter to make it show up that way.  I learned Matoran back in 2001 and while I may not be able to read it quite as fast as I can read plain text English, I can still translate it pretty quickly.

 

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Posted Apr 08 2014 - 02:36 PM

I can't read it or write it; learning how to do either was never something that I took the time to do, though I've realized that there's nothing stopping me from doing so now. Wouldn't it be amazing if the Matoran language was developed extensively enough that it could actually be spoken, in order to allow people to converse using it?
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Posted Apr 09 2014 - 01:36 PM

I can't read it or write it; learning how to do either was never something that I took the time to do, though I've realized that there's nothing stopping me from doing so now. Wouldn't it be amazing if the Matoran language was developed extensively enough that it could actually be spoken, in order to allow people to converse using it?

That would be fascinating, but would require the Matoran language to be more than just a simple substitution cipher. There are plenty of ficitional languages. Granted, we have plenty of items of "Matoran words", like for instance "Rahi" or "Hagah", etc. A bit of refinement and specificity could do wonders. I don't see why a hard core of fans with a love of language couldn't build on it further.


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Posted Apr 09 2014 - 02:44 PM

 

I can't read it or write it; learning how to do either was never something that I took the time to do, though I've realized that there's nothing stopping me from doing so now. Wouldn't it be amazing if the Matoran language was developed extensively enough that it could actually be spoken, in order to allow people to converse using it?

That would be fascinating, but would require the Matoran language to be more than just a simple substitution cipher. There are plenty of ficitional languages. Granted, we have plenty of items of "Matoran words", like for instance "Rahi" or "Hagah", etc. A bit of refinement and specificity could do wonders. I don't see why a hard core of fans with a love of language couldn't build on it further.

 

Man, if only somebody would do that. =P

 

Anyways, I can read Matoran without faltering, mostly, but I've never been able to write it without looking it up. *shrug*


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Posted Apr 09 2014 - 02:58 PM

I somehow managed to memorize it, because back in the times when I was like addicted to Bionicle and I hadnothing to do.


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