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Vowels (Mga Patinig)

Out of the 17 Baybayin characters, there are 3 vowels and 14 consonants.

a   e/i   o/u

The Baybayin Guide

You might be wondering why ‘o’ and ‘u’ share the same character.»

Baybayin words are written based on how you pronounce it. In the Tagalog language, these vowels sound similar.

tao / tau

Since it sounds similar, Tagalog speakers will assume you mean the same thing.




The same rule applies to the character vowels ‘e’ and ‘i’.

ngipin / ngipen

lubid / lubed

We hope to teach you the basics and get you to read and write in modern Baybayin.

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