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Win Í wuz á yung person, Í wuz á langúaj nerd, só uv kors Í túk Spanish in Hí Skúl (thé first chans I kud ták a foren langúaj in mí rural skúl) and discovered tú mí délít that Spanish is written fonetikalé, só much só that Í wuz ábel to réd almóst anéthing aloud in Spanish béfor long, évin if Í wuz unábel to understand al that Í had red.

That got mé thinking about thé Énglish langúaj, and wí wé hadn’t dévelopd á beter wá ov ríting, which wúd not ónlé be ézéer for yung pépel tú lern but wúd also bé ézéer for imigrants to lern. And só Í dévelopd a skript that Í cald “Oaklandic.” I kuntinyúd to pláy with thé skript óver thu yirz (espeshalé win Í wint thrú a long strech of interest in thé konsept uv mícróstáts) but in tím ahbandund it.

Fast forward about 20 yirz — Í am stil á langúaj nerd, but now Í am learning Yiddish (via Duolingo) and am faling in luv with the wá that Yiddish haz tákin á Germanic langúaj but hav writin it with a veré simpel sistem of Hébrú karacters, but with sum twists tú mák vowels work (but without úzing thé komplikáted sistim of nikúd dots), wich máks mé think that mábe mí óld fonetic sistim of Énglish wúd bé dú-abel, espeshalé if I mád sum chánjez to mák it ézéer tú típ yúzing á standard US-internashunal kébord láyout.

Só héar iz thu sistim (rénámd to bé Óakik):

VOWELS
Upper CaseLower CaseDescriptionExamples
ÁáLong AÁt = Ate
Áp = Ape
Lát = Late
AaShort AApel = Apple
Man = Man
ÉéLong EÉzé = Easy
Pléz = Please
EeShort eEg = Egg
Bed= Bed
ÓóLong OÓpin = Open
Hóld = Hold
OoShort OHop = Hop
Pop = Pop
ÚúLong UZú = zoo
Púp = poop
UuShort UUp = UpPup = Pup
CONSONANTS
BbAs in EnglishBoi = Boy
Bat = Bat
DdAs in EnglishDog = Dog
Dát = Date
FfAs in English, including words spelled with phFón = Phone
Fel = Fell
GgAs in English but only the non-J like soundGirl = Girl
Gál = Gale
HhAs in EnglishHótel = Hotel
Hop = Hop
Hú = Who
JjAs in EnglishJump = jump
Jál = Jail
KkAs in English, including words spelled with C (that have K sound)Kat = cat
Kan = can
Kilógram = kilogram
LlAs in EnglishLaf = Laugh
Lot = Lot
MmAs in EnglishMál = Mail or Male
Map = Map
NnAs in EnglishNám = Name
Nó = No
PpAs in EnglishPláyer = Player
Plan = Plan
RrAs in EnglishRár = Rare
Rat = Rat
SsAs in EnglishSam = Sam
Sám = Same
TtAs in EnglishTom=Tom
Tám = Tame
VvAs in EnglishViktor = Victor
Valiant or Valéant = Valiant
WwAs in English
Wat = what
Wár = where
Win = When
Wí = Why
YyAs in EnglishYarn = Yarn
Yap = yap
ZzAs in EnglishZoo = zoo
Iz = is

Dipthongs and other possibilities…

ThthAs in EnglishThin = thin
Thum = thumb
IngingAs in EnglishPláing = Playing
Dríving = Driving
Singing = Singing
StstAs in EnglishStop = Stop
Stár = Stare
ShshAs in EnglishShár = share
CHchAs in English, mostlyChurch = Church
Chalinj = Challenge
KhkhGuttural sound, used in place of ch in words like “lochLokh = loch
ÁyáyLong a sound with a little length and liltPláy=Play