Read and Write Nilerian Script in a Day: Basic Tips and FAQs

Two of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) albeit mistaken concern Nilerian as a language or an alphabet for writing one particular language in South Sudan. In fact none of them is correct. Nilerian (or more precisely Nilerian script) is a new writing system purposed to write indigenous languages in Nileria (Nile area or Nile Valley) and the rest of Africa but with immediate focus in the two Sudans. The difference between a script and an alphabet is that the latter is derived from the former and that an alphabet may contain less/more characters than its mother script. For Nilerian script, none of the languages in the Nile Valley uses all of its current 228 characters; 50 consonants, 28 Basic vowels, 140 tonal vowels (high tone, mid tone, low tone, rising tone and falling tone) and 10 numerals

While most of the existing scripts such as Latin and Arabic were primarily developed specifically for those respective languages, a few scripts such as Cyrillic, a very good example with exact similarity in purpose to Nilerian, were developed, right from the beginning, for the purpose of writing more than one language. Cyrillic script was developed to write Slavic languages in Eastern Europe and is now used to write more than 50 languages in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Similarly, Nilerian script serves the purpose of writing indigenous African languages (especially the underdeveloped ones) in the Nile Valley, Africa and beyond. Click background or milestones to read about Nilerian background history and project team to read about current developments in Nilerian script.

From 228 characters of Nilerian script, two types of keyboards (A and B) have been designated for design to fully accommodate all the Nilerian script characters on keyboard. Based on phonetics and phonemics, Keyboard Type A consists of Nilo-Sarahan languages (mostly of Western and Eastern branches) while Keyboard Type B comprises Niger-Congo (Bantu) and Nilo-Saharan languages of Central branch (Central Sudanic). Each keyboard type has two versions (for now), Version 1.0 which has no tonal marks and Version 1.1 which has tonal marks. These constitute Nilerian V1.0A, Nilerian V1.1A, Nilerian V1.0B and Nilerian V1.1B. Below are Nilerian V1.0A and Nilerian V1.0B. The Nilerian letters are defined by the equivalent Latin letters beneath them (i. e the Nilerian letter and the Latin letter as positioned are phonetically equivalent). Numbers show alphabetical order as established in Nilerian script. 

0. Nilerian V1.0A
0. Nilerian V1B

These versions shall all be designed and implemented on computer and smartphone platforms and for different operating systems (Windows, Linux, Android, IOs, etc) to meet user demand and ease of learning. So, far Nilerian V1.0A for Windows has been successfully designed. However, with Nilerian V1.0A, other languages are still covered based on their existing alphabets and orthographies. That is, temporarily continuing to write some phonemes with multiple Nilerian letters as is now done with Latin letters, for example Mv, Gb, etc as in Mvolo and Gbatala. Once Nilerian V1.0B is designed, Mv and Gb will be written with a single letter as now defined in Nilerian script. 

Next: How to Read and Write any Language in Nilerian Script

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5 thoughts on “Read and Write Nilerian Script in a Day: Basic Tips and FAQs

  1. Thanks Aleu Majoi for this astonishing innovation. It’s a very impressive invention. The challenge is now how to pronounce each letter correctly so as to bring out the intended sound because written words are their sounds. In the case of Nilerian English based alphabes, is the pronunciation the same as the 26 alphabets so that when you spell an English word that has some silenced letters (like psalm, kitchen), you can easily spell, pronounced and know? It would be very good if mobile keyboard is availed too because many people are using smartphones. Africans needs to use their own languages instead of foreign languages with etymology that’s inaccessible to our minds. We must learn to value our indigenous languages because language is the foundation of effective and critical thinking.

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  2. Dear Kuchdit, When in a word, Nilerian letters maintain constant pronunciation unlike English alphabet where “G” in girl and giraffe have different sounds. However, the pronunciation of individual letters when alone may vary depending on the language in focus. For example, Americans and British pronounce “Z” differently as a lone letter but its pronunciation in words, for instance, “zoo” is the same in both of them.

    Similarly, in African languages, individual Latin letters are currently pronounced differently. Others pronounce consonants with “a” sound included (Ba, Ca, Da, etc for B, C, D respectively) while others with “ë” included (Bë, Cë, Dë, etc for B, C, D respectively). The latter is the case for some South Sudanese languages and Xhosa (South Africa) provided in the link above in the article whereas the former (similar to Arabic consonant sounds) is the case for many other languages.

    The recommendation for Nilerian letters is to pronounce individual consonants as in Xhosa. This may be tricky to understand without voice clips 🙂 However, pronunciation of individual letters should not affect how letters are pronounced in words, hence the liberty learners have to pronounce individual letters as now is the case in their own language alphabets or as in Xhosa as recommended. In fact a good example is Thuongjang, where speakers from Lakes and East Nile on one hand and the rest of the speakers in West Nile on the other pronounce individual letters differently. But all of them pronounce the same letters correctly in Thuongjang words.

    On application of Nilerian letters in English; first of all it is not a priority but something recommended only for the purpose of practice since many people don’t know their native languages or most people communicate in English for lack of a common language or other constraints. Now when writing English in Nilerian letters, there are two ways to go about it; transcription (writing the sound of the word) e.g “buk” for book or transliteration (writing letter for letter from another script such as Latin to Nilerian) e.g writing Egypt with 5 corresponding Nilerian letters. For purposes of practice when writing English words in Nilerian, we recommend transliteration. But again it is the choice of those involved in informal communication which one they are comfortable with. Ultimately, a video on pronunciation of Nilerian letters will help and is being considered. Thanks for your comments.


  3. Fantastic. Can’t wait to impressed my friends in writing my posts in Nilerian alphabets👌 Great work to the team involved. keep it up. I hope you are working on numbers as well👍

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