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Universal text language

In his small downtown office, this man is writing a novel, called �Eight Days a Week.� The language he writes the book in is called Nol, a language he created and it's only six months old. It was inspired by his time spent studying in Russia. He explains there's always a hesitancy in trying to study with other international students but the key to Nol is its simplicity�it has only 23 letters and it looks more like abbreviations. He imagines the language as a written one, used for text messages. In many parts of the world, the more you write, the more you pay. So the message �pleased to meet you� in Nol has only four characters. The man says his Nol website is getting thousands of hits a month from around the world, and especially from Mexico. This professor is teaching Nol to his students. Established languages are filtering into Nol as well, but the professor is less optimistic about Nol's future. He says the language's ability to unite people will fall short. Back in Spain, the creator of Nol says that's fine�he knew this would be something he could create but not control and that there will be different versions of Nol. He says that idea has at least one major cell phone company talking to him about using Nol, and with corporate sponsorship the language could flourish.

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