Syriac is written with consonants and without any connection to vowels which makes it incredibly hard to read if you can't speak the classic language, vowels are added by dots or these symbols west Assyrians use.
Every writing system is difficult to learn initially, it's just a question of how much time and effort you're willing to put in to learn it.
I read a comment about Syriac not being an actuall alphbet but just an Abjad, can anyone consider this true? I found out that Arabic and some other semetic alphabets are using it such as Hebrew.
"Abjad" is a class of script that some people describe as being separate from a "true" alphabet, but it's still called an "alphabet" for convenience when the distinction is moot.
Yes, the Arabic and Hebrew scripts are also abjads and, if you ask them, they get along reading and writing just fine. Abjads are a good system for writing Semitic languages because of how their grammars are structured. For example, let's look at some masculine singular active participles (equivalent to "he [verb]s") in Assyrian:
- kaathev (ܟܬܒ) = "he [write]s"
- qaaTel (ܩܛܠ) = "he [kill]s"
- shaaqel (ܫܩܠ) = "he [take]s"
- baasem (ܒܣܡ) = "he [please]s"
- `aareq (ܥܪܩ) = "he [flee]s"
Notice something? All of them follow the same pattern: XaaYeZ
, where X, Y, and Z are the three consonants that make up the "root" of the verb and they're always separated by "aa
" between the first and second consonant and "e
" between the second and third. It's a formula. Because you can predict where the vowels are every time, putting them in is redundant. This is not true for English and other languages, where the vowels are not
I can credit the alphabet giving us the option to use the same spelling and by adding the vowels your dialect corresponds to.
So here is the real question, I am still new to this Alphabet, however, I am learning fast and by the time I speak fluent Syriac, will it be easier to read without vowels added on the script in comparison to latin alphabet?
Yes, it just takes practice.
It's the same with English: an English speaker will have no idea how to pronounce "trough" or "colonel" or "knight" without having to come across it in the past. How do you learn to pronounce those words? Practice.
Vowels are mostly used to help the reader in pronouncing a word that they've never come across before. After a while, it becomes a crutch and you can read faster without them.