The script used to write Dhivehi is called Thaana and is written from right to left. It is a relatively simple script with features of an alphabet as well. Throughout history, the Dhivehi or Mahl language was written using a number of Whereas Dives Akuru is a syllabic alphabet, Thaana is an alphabet with. Dhivehi Language (ދިވެހި) Alphabet Study and Learn | Dhivehi Language (ދިވެހި) | (English).

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The Thaana script was reinstated by President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom shortly after he took power in Standard Indic is a consistent script system that is well adapted to writing practically all languages of South Asia. The main reason why the Divehi Akuru were abandoned in favour of the Thaana script was owing to the need the learned Maldivians had to include words and sentences in Arabic while writing in the Dhivehi language.

I have just come back from a trip in Maldives and I could find NO material at all to start learning this uncommun language… The prononciation and everything seemed so obscure to me… I find a ray of light and of hope in your blog, thank you!!! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Overview History of writing Grapheme. The second set of nine letters are actually South Asian so called “Hindu” numerals, and dhhivehi remainder of the letters are modifications of existing letters.


It uses numerals as consonants and adds dhiveh diacritical vowel marks of the Arabic language.

The ones written in red are pronounced slightly different to the examples given, or they may be difficult for English speakers to pronounce. These included Arabic quotations, written from right to left. To represent vowels, diacritical marks are placed above or below the letters. This should help you with the pronunciations of those sounds.

Maldivian writing systems

Alphhabet division that Bell made based on the differences he perceived between dhjvehi two types of Dhivehi scripts is convenient for the study of old Dhivehi documents.

In the table, the dotted circles are where the consonants would be written. Unlike Arabic, which uses the letters alifwaw and ya in addition to the vowel marks to represent long vowels, Thaana long vowel marks are simply vowel marks doubled. In Mincoy the Maliku dialect is spoken and is known as Mahl.

Dhivehi Keyboard – ދިވެހި – Type Dhivehi Online

Diacritics are written after the letter carrying them. Some of the Taana letters were derived from Dives akuru, while others were modelled on Arabic numerals. It is still seen in reprints of traditional old books like the Bodu Dhhivehi. Home News Alphabets Phrases Search. Throughout history, the Dhivehi or Mahl language was written using a number of different and interesting scripts. It was primarily used in government publications and in public schools.

Similarly, consonants must always carry one of the diacritics, except in two special cases which you will see in the next lesson. Many of these arcane incantations included Arabic quotations, which were written from right to left.


Overview History of writing Grapheme. Maldivian learned men, who were all well versed in sorcery, eventually saw the advantages of writing in this simplified hidden script.

He learnt this ancient script in Addu Atoll. At their origin the Thaana ddhivehi, which are based on Arabic numerals and other symbols, were used in fandita local magic or sorcery to write magical spells. Thaana, like Arabic, is written right to left.

Japanese Korean Two-Cell Chinese. Emeehunnash heyo visnumaa’i, heyo bu’dheege baaru libigenva’ava. The Thaana script is widely used nowadays by Maldivians both in official and unofficial documents, for the literacy rate of the Maldive society is very high by South Asian standards.

In fact, instead of borrowing Arabic letters, the first nine Thaana letters are actually adapted from Arabic numerals.

Ancient Scripts: Dhivehi

The first nine letters h—v are derived from the Arabic numerals, whereas the next nine m—d were the local Indic numerals. Jurchen Khitan large script Sui Tangut. Explanations are given below.

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