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Baybayin Visual Aid by Nordenx Baybayin Visual Aid by Nordenx
A visual aid for memorizing Baybayin script (fonts) through association. By manipulating the ancient script (re-orientation and adding imaginary lines), you can compare them to equivalent Roman alphabets. Please note that the uncanny similarities between Baybayin characters and the Roman alphabet is purely coincidental. The Philippine scripts were derived from Kavi script or Old Javanese, perhaps indirectly through the Buginese. It has also been suggested that the writing system was directly derived from Brahmi scripts used on the Eastern coast of India, such as Vengi, Chalukya, or Assam, originally transmitted in the 8th century AD.

I hope that this guide would help others improve their recognition of Baybayin characters and help them to ba able to read, write, and use Baybayin Scripts in their art.

For more information on Baybayin, please visit these sites:

[link] <- Paul Morrow's Site
[link] <- Nordenx's Baybayin Modern Fonts Blog
[link] <- Nordenx's Baybayin Store
[link] <- Baybayin Online Translator/Transcriber

These sites also have FREE Baybayin Fonts available for download. My fonts are also available for download in my DA gallery.
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Lastnote0-jaller Jun 2, 2013  Student General Artist
could it be that dashes could (possibly) be used to tell between be and bi as well as bo and bu? for example, for Bi, a dash kudlit and Be, a dot kudlit.
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Nordenx Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Typically, traditionally, any mark (be it dash, dot, check, caret, chevron, etc.) on top or below the character signifies i/e and u/o.

It is my recommendation and practice to differentiate high & mid vowels via solid & hollow kudlit markers. Solids represent the solid dot on top of the "i" and the non-looped shapes of the letters 'i' and 'u', while the hollows represent the hollow spaces in the center of the letter 'o' and the eye of letter 'e'. Ergo, any solid mark (be it dash, dot, check, caret, chevron, etc.) should indicate the traditional high vowel pronunciation; and any hollow mark (be it circle, square, triangle, oblong, or loop, etc.) should indicate the modern mid vowels.
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capencom Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
COOL.
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Ms-Wayward Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the memorization hints... it just makes everything easier! I don't have to keep relying on the chart (as much). :)
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rottenmaliceETC Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
wooowwww... at ngayon ko lang nakita to sa DA.LOL
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:icons0nix22:
paano pag gumamit ka ng "?" at "!" sa baybayin?
wala bang ganyan?
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GianineDrawsAnime Jan 23, 2011  Student General Artist
WOW I WANNA LEARN O_O
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astigggg! ang galin ahh sna na develop natin toh, ang ganda sna lalo ahaha xD
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:iconpacificpyro:
galing!! salamat po!!
yea im trying to study this stuff kasi yong tagalog ko ang bulol...
at nakita ko ito and was like WHOA!!
mahirap yong iba karacters no? like...
SHA/SHYA? = Si ya?
J = di+y? or d+y .... like.. sa.. JUICE? diyus or dyus?
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Nordenx Mar 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you.

The "traditional" method (without the cross kudlit) is trickier, but for the "reformed" method (with the virama) it is a little bit clearer since the rules of Spanish Old Tagalog orthography (spelling & pronunciation) applies for foreign sounds/consonants C, J, Q, X, Z, V, Th, Ch, Ll, , etc.

Check out some of the rules listed here: [link]
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