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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:… <- Paul Morrow's Site <- Nordenx's Baybayin Modern Fonts Blog <- 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.
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.
capencom Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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). :)
rottenmaliceETC Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
wooowwww... at ngayon ko lang nakita to sa DA.LOL
s0nix22 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
paano pag gumamit ka ng "?" at "!" sa baybayin?
wala bang ganyan?
GianineDrawsAnime Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Student General Artist
aozora00 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
astigggg! ang galin ahh sna na develop natin toh, ang ganda sna lalo ahaha xD
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?
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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