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 É /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 dø in Malayalam!) are written with one stroke as well!
Don't get what I'm saying? Let me show you how you write d Ä /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 Äã /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!