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Writing Sylheti[edit]

Devanagari[edit]

Transcript faithful to pronunciation

Sylheti phrases will be written in Transcription faithful to pronunciation. Therefore, although the 'ক' (ch) is equivalent to the English "chemist" and to the Scottish "Loch", its transcript will be written as either ‘k’ or ‘kh’. To remove confusion, the same will apply to all corresponding words and phrases.


Note that these characters are not used in writing Sylheti: Bengali alphabets lack similarity to Syloti Nagri script. Due to this, below are the Devanagari scrip representing the Syloti Nagri. To see Syloti characters visit www.omniglot.com.

Note that a few characters below have dual pronunciation: e.g.

  • The 'व' ('o' or 'w') is equivalent to "Odin" or "Woden"
  • The 'क' (ch) is equivalent to the English "chemist" and to the Scottish "Loch".
  • The 'च' ('c') is pronounced as both equivalent to "centimeter" and "change"
  • The 'श' ('sh' or 'h') is equivalent to "shhh" or "hush".
  • The 'ह' ('h' or the silent 'h') is equivalent to "hay" or "ay".
Independent vowels[edit]
Devanagari alphabets Transliteration Equivalent/Comments
a as in Apple
i as Ink
u as in Oops!
e as in Eggs
o or w Odin or Woden
Dependant vowels[edit]
Devanagari alphabets Transliteration Equivalent/Comments
पा pha as in phantom
पी phi as in Phoenix
पु phu as in Phooey
पे phe as in Pheasant
पो pho as in Phoria
Consonants[edit]
Devanagari alphabets Transliteration Equivalent/Comments
ch Chemist or Loch
x as in Xan (Khan)
g as in Goat
gh as in Ghee
c Centimeter or Change
s as in Sydney
z as in Zeus
j as in Jason
like a Tick-tock clock
ṭh as in Treasure!
as in Dream
ḍh as in Drought
t as in Tin tin
th as in Tight
d as in Door
dh as Dough
ph as in Phone
f as in First
b as in Bon
bh as in Boohoo
m as in Money
n as in Nice!
r as in Raw
l as in Law
ड़ wr as in Writing
sh or h Show or Highlight
h or silent h as in Hey or Ey
Grapheme modifier[edit]
Devanagari grapheme mark Transliteration Equivalent/Comments
ñ or ng as in knot or knowledge or gnat or the 'ng' in English

Assamese[edit]

Transcript faithful to pronunciation

Sylheti phrases will be written in Transcription faithful to pronunciation. Therefore, although the 'ক' (ch) is equivalent to the English "chemist" and to the Scottish "Loch", its transcript will be written as either ‘k’ or ‘kh’. To remove confusion, the same will apply to all corresponding words and phrases.


Note that these characters are not used in writing Sylheti: Bengali alphabets lack similarity to Syloti Nagri script. Due to this, below are the Assamese scrip representing the Syloti Nagri. To see Syloti characters visit www.omniglot.com.

Note that a few characters below have dual pronunciation: e.g.

  • The 'ৱ' ('o' or 'w') is equivalent to "Odin" or "Woden"
  • The 'ক' (ch) is equivalent to the English "chemist" and to the Scottish "Loch".
  • The 'চ' ('c') is pronounced as both equivalent to "centimeter" and "change"
  • The 'শ' ('sh' or 'h') is equivalent to "shhh" or "hush".
  • The 'হ' ('h' or the silent 'h') is equivalent to "hay" or "ay".
Independent vowels[edit]
Assamese alphabets Transliteration Equivalent/Comments
a as in Apple
i as Ink
u as in Oops!
e as in Eggs
o or w Odin or Woden
Dependant vowels[edit]
Assamese alphabets Transliteration Equivalent/Comments
কা cha as in Car
কী chi as in Keep
কূ chu as in Cool
কৈ che as in Care
কৗ cho as in Core
Consonants[edit]
Assamese alphabets Transliteration Equivalent/Comments
ch Chemist or Loch
x as in Xan (Khan)
g as in Goat
gh as in Ghee
c Centimeter or Change
s as in Sydney
z as in Zeus
j as in Jason
like a Tick-tock clock
ṭh as in Treasure!
as in Dream
ḍh as in Drought
t as in Tin tin
th as in Tight
d as in Door
dh as Dough
ph as in Phone
f as in First
b as in Bon
bh as in Boohoo
m as in Money
n as in Nice!
r as in Raw
l as in Law
ড় wr as in Writing
sh or h Show or Highlight
h or silent h as in Hey or Ey
Grapheme modifier[edit]
Assamese grapheme mark Transliteration Equivalent/Comments
ñ or ng as in knot or knowledge or gnat or the 'ng' in English

Translation variations[edit]

English to Sylheti[edit]

From English: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
To Sylheti: Xokhol manhor zonmo hoe azad ar izzot o adhikhar loia. Tarar hush ar zngan-buddhi takhae zeanu ekh-zon arokh-zonor loge ruhani bhaīitta bebohar takhe.

Bengali to Sylheti[edit]

From Bengali: Shomosto manush shwadhīnbhabe shoman morjyada ebong odhikar niye jonmogrohoṇ kore. Tn̐ader bibek ebong buddhi ache; shutorang shokoleroi eke oporer proti bhratṛ'twosulabh monobhab niye achoroṇ kora uchit.
To Sylheti: Xokhol manush azadbhabe xoman izzot o adhikhar loia zonmoloe. Tarar bebekh o buddhi ase; erlagi xokhlei ekher uphre xokhol bela bhaīitta soluk loia sola-phira khora lage.

Assamese to Sylheti[edit]

From Assamese: Jyihētū rāstrosongghor xomūho jātiyē tēn̐wolōkor condot mānobīyo mōūlik odhikār xomūhor uporot, bykti morjydā arū bykti jyōgytār uporot, motā-tirōtā xoklōrē xomān odhīkāror uporot, pūnor astā stāpon korichē; arū Jyihētū ek pūrnotor svātomtryor mājot xomājor udgoti.
To Sylheti: Zebla desh-dolor xomuk zonmo-loe tar loge o manhor mulyoban adhikhar ou xomukor takhe, ekhzonor shomman arokhzon jyogyotar takhae, tar moton xokhlor xoman odhikhar takhe, xokhle milia bash khore; ar zebla ekla bashiba hingshar maze shomazor durgoti.

Hindi to Sylheti[edit]

From Hindi: Sabhī manuṣyōn̐ kō gaurav aur adhikārōn̐ kē māmalē mēn̐ janmajāt svatantratā aur samānatā prāpt hai. Unhēn̐ buḍhi aur antarātmā kī dēn hai aur paraspar unēn̐ bhāīcārē kē bhāv sē bartāv karanā cāhiyē.
To Sylheti: Xokhol manshe gourob ar adhikhar mamlote zonmo loi azad ar izzot hasil khori. Tarar buddhi ar antorotar dan ase ar erdae tara bhaīittar moton bortao khora lagbo.

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