Lesson #5

Do you remember that last stroke for the pazhaya lipi for /ruu/ that distinguishes it from /thuu/?

Well, you know, that stroke is usually attached to most consonants (except for /ra/) to add a d /ra/ sound to that consonant.

Now, you remember those consonants that take a regular stroke for /u/? Well, they also take a regular, separate stroke for /ra/. Just to make sure you understand, I'll try explaining that those consonants take a stroke similar to the one shown here (the letter shown below is d /pra/):

Notice how the fifth stroke is separate from the rest of the letter.

But you remember those other letters--ka, ra, ga, tha, chha, Sa, and ha? Well, just as ku, ru, gu, etc. are all written with one stroke, so kra, gra, etc. (remember, THERE IS NO LETTER d in Malayalam!) are written with one stroke as well!

Don't get what I'm saying? Let me show you how you write d   /thra/ as an example:

Also, in pazhaya lipi, if you want to write the /r/ sound after a consonant, you just add a circle add the end of the consonant and a /ra/ sound. For example, this is how you write /thr/:

So now you get the gist of pazhaya lipi! There's just one more thing you might want to learn...coming up in the next lesson!