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Practice Corner #5

If you remember your Malayalam letters, plus what you learned in this lesson, you should be able to read this sentence (even if you can't understand it!):

a G OV L K!

Okay, you're thinking, I can read this, but what did he say about me just now? Oh, I hope he didn't just cuss about me in Malayalam!

Don't worry, I wasn't cussing, and I wasn't even talking about you, I was talking about the great poet Nambiar!

The sentence that I wrote means: 

"What a poet Nambiar was in my homeland!"

Don't you agree or do you? If you have no idea who I'm talking about, you may want to see the first poem in the Poetry Section.

Anyway, this lesson was too easy. Let's learn some more letters! (Uh-oh, you're thinking, I knew there was a catch in this somewhere...!)

But don't worry. These letters are easy; they're just 3 letters that MUST be stacked on top of one another! They're the only other vertically-stacked conjugated letters you'll ever need to learn again, I'm quite sure!

/ktha/ is a combination of the letters and . It's always pronounced like that. I think that this letter is used only (or at least mainly) for borrowed words, especially from Sanskrit. One example is ͵ /bhakthi/, written & col. for "devotion." Listen!

/ptha/ is like the previous letter, only it uses and not ! It seems that it, too, is used for loanwords. /thrpthi/ is a poetic word meaning "enough." The regular word you hear is /mathi/. Listen!

/stha/ uses the letters...well, I think we know what two letters make it up, don't we? Here's a common word using the letter: /pusthakam/, written & col. for "book." Listen!

And one more symbol:

The symbol "   " under any letter is pronounced "la" OR "La." There are many words (including borrowed ones) that use this letter. One example is the word /pLaavu/, which means a jackfruit tree. Listen!

Wasn't that EASY??? (I hope it was!) And already you just learned six letters! How about moving on to, say, the Poetry Section?

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