Practice Corner #8

Look at all you've done! You managed to follow me through 51 basic letters and another whole 8 lessons of even more letters! CONGRATULATIONS!

Now, if you'll do me a big little favor and bear with me for just three more symbols (and maybe practice what you've learned by reading Malayalam), I'm quite sure you'll be able to read almost ANYTHING in Malayalam that's in puthiya lipi. I'll talk about this concept a little later here.

For right now, let's get through these three symbols!

d - Put this symbol just before any letter, and you'll get a / sound after the letter. For example, let's take this very common word: d (wheel). The symbol is just before the ; therefore, this word is pronounced as /chakra/. Listen!

Now, how do you write /charkka/, which means a spinning wheel (like the one Gandhi used for making local cloth)? Of course, you COULD use symbols you already know and write it as VA. Sometimes, though, Malayalees will leave out the V and put a dot or a very small line on top of the A instead! You may want to remember this, because it's possible that you'll see this often!

Now, onto our second symbol:

b- Put this symbol just AFTER any letter, and you'll get a sound after the letter. Take this example which I've already used before: bVH (gold). Since the symbol is after the , the word is pronounced as /svarNNam/. Listen!

Finally, the introduction to our last symbol: remember how I always used to spell Nambiar in Malayalam as OV?

Well, guess what...after I first wrote that, I later found out it's actually written as OcV /nambyaar/! This brings us to our last symbol:

c- Like b, you must put this symbol just AFTER any letter, but this time, you get a /ya/ sound after the letter! That's why OcV is pronounced as /nambyaar/! Listen!

Don't forget the above symbols; THEY are used much more than the symbols I taught in the last Lesson/Practice Corner and probably somewhat more than those that I taught in Lesson 8!

Got all that yet? Fantastic! Why not celebrate by listening to some Malayalam songs? Or would you prefer to read my note about (lipi)?