This essay is a short topic Hieroglyphic Symbols and their beginning and my personal experiences with them.

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Hieroglyphic Symbols Beginning

In 1996 I was stationed in Cairo, Egypt assigned to perform infectious disease research for the Middle East. While their, I had an opportunity to do some research on hieroglyphic symbols. My research shows where these symbols came from and the importance of this fascinating language; that is "Greek" to most people today.

In the ancient times between 4000-30 B.C., the Egyptian Pharaohs were the most powerful people in existence. Although they had sophisticated methods for building and irrigation, one area that they lagged in sophistication was the basic form they used for writing their language. The ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphic symbols that were often expressed through pictographs that are stylized pictures used to express words and subjects.

The use of pictographs was a very primitive form of communication that took lots of time and energy to inscribe. They did not describe the subject in great detail whereas in the English language you can describe the subject in great detail with little or no effort.

When using pictographs the Egyptians didn't use connectives, adjectives, verbs, or nouns. They would simply sketch a series of pictures in reference to the subject that they were addressing. Also when using pictographs it leaves most of the interpretation of the writings up to the reader's imagination, therefore often not accurately describing and communicating the findings or ideas to the author.

Using the writing system in the English language a person is able to tell the reader exactly what you're writing about and do so in great detail. In our current system of writing we use a series of twenty-six letters; six of the letters are vowels and the rest are consonants. We arrange these letters in different sequences to create many different expressive words such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns.