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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 Brahmi scripts (Sanskrit, Nagari) used on the Eastern coast of India, such as Vengi, Chalukya, or Assam, originally transmitted in the 8th century AD. It has also been suggested that the writing system was heavily influenced by Kavi script or Old Javanese, perhaps also indirectly by the Buginese scripts.

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:

www.mts.net/~pmorrow/index.htm… <- Paul Morrow's Site
nordenx.blogspot.com/ <- Nordenx's Baybayin Modern Fonts Blog
www.kakaiba.com <- Nordenx's Baybayin Store

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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
COOL.
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Ms-Wayward Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
wooowwww... at ngayon ko lang nakita to sa DA.LOL
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s0nix22 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
paano pag gumamit ka ng "?" at "!" sa baybayin?
wala bang ganyan?
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GianineDrawsAnime Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student General Artist
WOW I WANNA LEARN O_O
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aozora00 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
astigggg! ang galin ahh sna na develop natin toh, ang ganda sna lalo ahaha xD
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PacificPyro Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
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 Featured By Owner 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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LaraOne Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
This is the basis of our abakada? So ancient long before the foreigners came to the land.

This is an amazing tutorials!
:thumbsup: :+devwatched:
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RedStarTheComrade Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Thanks for the information, I mean.
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RedStarTheComrade Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Quite informative.
Thanks!
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renan1130 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
hello sir, how are you today, I'm trying to download your Baybayin font, how do you add it in microsoft word fonts? thanks
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
How to install the fonts:

The fonts are in compressed (.zip files). You will need a utility such as WinZip to uncompress them. If you don't have WinZip you can download and install a free evaluation version of WinZip from their website.

Each zip file contains the true type font file (.ttf) and a text file (.rtf) that contains aditional info about the font and its use & features, please read it.

You can extract (uncompress) the font file to a temporary folder then follow the font installation instructions can be found at MyFonts.com [link] or from Paul Morrow's Site [link] .

Once installed, you can use the fonts in any word processor or graphics editor program you have. Enjoy! :)
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omniskriba Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Sana tinuturo to sa school. Thanks for the reference!~
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money-muncher Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Hobbyist
pinamemorize yan samin dati back in grade school. sabi ng teacher namin iquiquiz daw tapos nung day ng quiz sabi niya joke lang! :|
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Student Artist
What about semicolons, colons, and exclamation points? Do we had invent it?

Naalala ko ulit itong alpabetong ito. Kailangan natin gumawa ng mga modern na font. I-tra-try ko lang i-adapt yung alibata in manga style.

Dapat rin gawing compulsory sa schools yung Alibata para hindi malimutan ng mga bata.
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Nordenx Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
I already made a few modern fonts, check my gallery and this site: [link]

Semicolons, colons, and exclamation points are unnecessary for phonetic-syllabic types of languages and I advise not to "invent", re-invent, or add new symbols or characters to the original set unless it is truly necessary. In modern writing, if you want to express these types of pause and tonal/pitch change, you can use the modern symbols along with the ancient script (such method has been adopted with modern Japanese & Chinese writing). There is no reason not to use a modern exclamation point, hyphen, colon, or semicolon when writing baybayin in a modern composition. I think some of the purists who are too strict with the rules contribute to the decline of the script's use. The only punctuation marks I am wary about are the ones that may be confused with the kudlit such as apostrophes and quotes.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Student Artist
Thanks for your help. What I am really concerned is how to render for example, a truly foreign phrase like:

Desolation, for example.

If it was rendered as De-so-le-i-si-yo-n[that is the closest], will you show the original word in the Latin script like what the Japanese do when they write foreign words, writing the Japanese Katakana version/pronounciation first before the real/Western version?

Anyway, thanks for the modern fonts. They might be a help in the future.
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kurokage13 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks muchly for this :D, my memorization of baybayin (or in other cases, alibata) can be rocky at best. If we take it up in school, I remember it, then I quickly forget it soon after.

So again, thanks :D and spread the word on baybayin ^_^
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biyawbiyaw Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
oo nga pla.. dba spanish kudlit to?! ung may cross sa baba ng letra..
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biyawbiyaw Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
baybayin pala tawag dto.. salamat sa impormasyon ha...
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eaglet888 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
nice one.......:juggle:

[link]
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blue-fusion Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
print ko po to ha. :D salamat ng madami sa paggawa.
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Ayos! :D
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Datu-Tamasier Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
Grabe po! I learned a lot about our alphabet. Ngayon alam ko na na baybayin ang tamang tawag dito at hindi alibata. Galing talaga. Nais ko pong matutunan ito mabuti. Sana ibalik ang paggamit nito sa atin.
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
Salamat! The more you keep using it, the more you become proficient and familiar with every character and it becomes easier to read and write. :)
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LessDenaProfessional Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
this is a really great resource. the variations are great stuff to know
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Nordenx Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The best resource is actually Paul Morrow's site -> [link]

;)
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Chrystus Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
Thank You:worship: for months I looked for alibata related text and now...thanks:-)
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome! :) Have you downloaded and tried my Baybayin fonts? ;) I always love to see other people who are interested in our native script.
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Chrystus Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
pumunta ako sa modern fonts at parang di nagrespond yung site pero nakapagdownload ako ng Bisayan text so ok na man..kung sana ma-open ko yung modern fonts kase
parang nag ka problema yung page:P
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oops, yeah sorry kasi yung download links sa blog eh 'di na gumagana. Have you tried downloading it from my gallery? 'Yung download links eh nasa left hand side.

Modern Block Font: [link]

Modern Print Font: [link]

Modern Round Font: [link]

Modern Script Font: [link]
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Chrystus Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
THANKS:D
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MakubX Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
PRE MAGTATAG TAYO PANUKALA NA DAPAT MATOTO MABASA AT MAGSULAT ANG MGA KABATAAN NA NASA ELEMENTARYA AT HYSKUL>>> AT LAHAT NG MGA PILIPINO
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oo nga eh. Kaya nga nagbabalak akong magakda ng isang aklat tungkol sa ating sulat' baybayin. ;)
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MakubX Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
Ako naman gumagawa ako ng mga pakulo para mapansin ang alibata. hehehe... pero minsan nakakatawa kasi sinasabe nila japanis daw alibata ko. hehehe... ewan halus magkatulad kasi minsan ang mga titik nito dun.... nakakalungkot nga eh...karamihan kasi di nila alam tungkul sa alibata....
:frail: :strong:
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michellemariesuan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey,thanks for this. I quite remembered a few words in Baybayin when I was in high school but heck, forgot all about them...;p
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome! I hope you can pick it back up again and use it in some of your work. Mabuhay!
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michellemariesuan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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vnbenedicto Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hello po. patay na po yata yung link sa fonts.
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006  Professional General Artist
Yeah, the download links on the blog are dead. :(

I'll update them soon.

The fonts are still available for download here in DA though. You can find them in my gallery. :)

Salamat!
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vnbenedicto Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha oo nga no, di ko nakita sori. salamat.
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jorgecosgayon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006
thank you for this resource :)
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
you're very welcome! :)
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Professional General Artist
I replaced the image with the original (larger size) today Oct. 23, 2006
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felinaedeath Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006
this is awesome reference. my thesis is actually about an pilipino animated series centering on the old philippine legends. cool...
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Nordenx Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2006  Professional General Artist
Cool! My project [link] is actually about a Filipino MMORPG series centering in the old Philippine Legends. LOL! :D
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Agimax Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006
Salamat sa iyong reference material sa Baybayin. Malaking bagay ito na source material for pinoy artists like me who would like to propagate the rich culture that we have and incorporate it in our art. May you continue to inspire others with your work and lead others to explore our great heritage.
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