“I can’t believe” !

Phonetics and associated letters are mixed across languages, Greek, Japanese, English, Kannada, Odia.

I have never practiced writing Hiragana or Katakana except way back in 2002 for couple days I practiced writing hiragana ! And much recently I learned both α-bets in plain 5 hrs which consists of more than 200 elements and composites, hiragana a few years ago and katakana this year.

I can’t believe; “shinjiteru dekimasen” written in hiragana and katakana !

Although sounds difficult hiragana and katakana are easy to learn if you know the tricks.

eg き and キ are ki (said as “key”) and not only that they look like key. also  キ is the top part of き. So if you remember this much you learned two letters of the alphabet. [There are many other such tricks I have given on my website, eg: す is su, but you can remember as “shoe”, as it is said as “shoe”, and rotate it you will see a shoe]

[most of the letters while I was learning in those few hrs I actually invented some or other trick, one day will compile all]

These tricks are not exclusive to Japanese alphabet. I also used them to match with Odia alphabet and south Indian alphabet to remember. Check this out !

い ଇ ಇ ఇ

The “i” [said as e, as in english]  has a component which is partially same (two circles, if extrapolated) in Japanese, Odia, Kannada, Telugu. That is actually how I remembered. Even in Odia, Kannada and Telugu the “i-symbol” is same.

Check: ଦି ದಿ ది [I have written phonetics di as in “the” in Odia, Kannada and Telugu] The vowel “i” which is written as a symbol on top of the letter is same in all cases, so that helps to remember what the letter is reading. [I already know my native speak Odia, so its much easier for me to remember this way]

See how I remembered more letters, eg in Kannada ? (Telugu is mostly same with Kannada some good deal of differences, so one needs more tricks)

The M/B alternation (which I knew much b4 by Sanskrit hypotheses.) write m, Roman right? Now rotate it. ಮ That’s Kannada(This one I knew b4 I totally learned Kannada alphabet, this one was my inspiration, for a reason much connected to what I call Sun Theory of Language)

You would complaint that has extra symbol to write. But no, that’s why I said m/b alternation. First see that English B is rotated to give Kannada V/W/B (ವವಬ)  The Kannada does not differentiate b/w V/W so much, for which reason the make a mistake with English V and read it like w. And the written difference b/w B/W (ವಬ) tells you that B and V should not be much different either [Bharat, Vs Warat vs barat, two or 3 way of saying etc could merge in other languages and Kannada might not recognize such]

This is what I call mixing [and it actually is a mixing of phonetic elements of different languages, perhaps due to either ancient actual proximity or modern day usage proximity]

In any case we see that writing formula is mixed b/w Roman/Kannada [for some letters, B, V/W and M, P] [so they can form a chain and extend to many many other language for this or that letter]

When I said Roman I also meant Greek. You know the Greek B (beta) right; β .
I knew this years ago, before I saw the Kannada letter ಮ. I recognized they are same given to the added symbol on Kannada ಮ. [Rotate and see the Greek beta or b; β]

This surprised me so much, I wanted to learn the Kannada alphabet. And I started learning (and not going to tell you how quickly I could remember most, because of such mixing) and I could remember all. [after some good practice]

But this was my inspiration to learn Kannada; a possible Greek connection.

So when I learned more and more I see this. Eng; G, Kannda; ಗ [rotate and see most part are same]

Then; ಪ [pa] I recognized already [from my Japanese phonetics study] are merely soft and hard tones with Ba. [and ba with ma] so you see ಪ (pa) ಬ (ba) ಮ (ma) merely the same letter that probably were simply the same letter Greek phonetics Ba. [β]

There were many more surprising easiness which made life interesting and I could remember the whole alphabet really easily (and surprised many people by reading quickly enough while eg traveling in auto)

The other rules were Indian. [eg pa ಪ vs pha ಫ , ba ಬ vs bha ಭ and so on, where letters simply differ by an extra dot or stroke somewhere] (similar; ಪ ಫ ಬ ಭ )

Now don’t be surprised if each Indian language has different possible mixing with Greek and therefore with each other in an immensely interesting way.

Here is Odia;  ଓ and Greek ω, this is O. {and Telugu and Kannada O are also almost same to Greek and Odia; ಓ ಓ}

Just rotate and see for yourself, and also realize why o/w/b/m/p/b are almost same in way of writing and phonetics (speaking) but nobody realizes because they are spread across languages such as Greek, Odia, Kannada and Japanese.

Did I say Japanese? Check: をお.

You can clearly see the wo を mimicking the w although at 60 degree angles, and with strokes defined, looks outwardly different. [Of-course the difference are not trivial but they occur due ti various reasons, we should not reject the similarities]

The o お is simply a smoothification of wo .. を [ナin お and メ in  を part are clear which are na-in-o and me-in-wo] In  Japanese letters are carved out from each other and also from kanji]

This is going little towards complicated affairs of language learning, but you can restrict yourself towards the simpler and convincing ones, and there are plenty more which I have found, and some composed on this website.

Happy finding and reading them.

I am an experimental particle physicist, traveler, teacher, researcher, scientist and communicator of ideas. I am a quarkist and a bit quirky ! Hypothesis non fingo, eppur si muove, dubito cogito ergo sum are things that turn me on ! Researcher in experimental high energy physics (aka elementary particle physics; like “quarks, leptons & mesons and baryons”) … Teacher of Physics (and occasionally chemistry and maths) Blogger (check my website; mdashf.org) ! Love to read read and read but only stuff that interest me. Love to puff away my time in frivolities, just dreaming and may be thinking. Right now desperately trying to streamline myself.

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