Hi! How do you think of the length of different languages? Which language do you know is the most lengthy one in writing? Or the shortest one you know? Are you satisfy with your mother language in its length? I often see long Russian words consist of 6-8 letters, which I find quite lengthy. English seems ok. Many common words have only 4 letters. Of course, I haven't count the changes, grammatical elements and styles in the real sentences yet. Please enlighten me. ****************** Chinese: Chinese is extremely space-saving. You'll find a Chinese book much thinner than its English counterpart. The stroke characters compact all different concepts into blocks, no space between words, and the tonal system give multiple possibilities to each "one" pronunciation. It's the "shortest" written form as far as I know. (Although it's often "taller" than letter-based languages.) e.g. "Actually, Chinese is extremely space-saving." vs. "其实，中文极省空间。" (When editing, a Chinese character usually occupy double bytes, but still shorter. ) *Sometimes you see longer Chinese text on multilingual manuals. Those are not literal translations. Many elements were added to make the saying more polite. The ancient Chinese style is even shorter, because they were made to mark down the most important contents. The writings were invented before paper and pens. It would be too hard to write many things with brushes and keep them on bones, bamboos or silks for a long time. The ancient style don't use punctuation, often omit subjects and objects as long as they've been mentioned before. Not even a modern Chinese can fully understand it. It has much more pictographs than modern Chinese, because they tried to assign each pictograph to represent a particular matter.