Chakma   Chakma (Ajhā pāṭh / Ojhopath)

The Chakma language (Changma Vaj / Changma Kodha) is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language closely related to Bengali and spoken by about 600,000 people in parts of Bangladesh and India. About half the Chakma speakers live near Chittagong in southeast Bangladesh, while the rest can be found in the states of Mizoram, Assam, and Tripura in northeast India.

Chakma is written with an alphabet known as Chakma, Ajhā pāṭh or Ojhopath. It developed from the Brahmi script of ancient India.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: syllabic alphabet / abugida
  • Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines
  • Used to write: Chakma (Changma Vaj / Changma Kodha)

Vowels and vowel diacritics

Chakma vowels and vowel diacritics

Consonants

Chakma consonants

Numerals

Chakma numerals

Sample text in Chakma

Sample text in Chakma

A Bengali version of this text

A Bengali version of the sample text in Chakma

Translation

These are our words, shaped
By our hands, our tools,
Our history. Lose them,
And we lose ourselves.

Links

Information about the Chakma language and alphabet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakma_language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakma_script
http://std.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n3428.pdf

Learn Chakma script
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zUBFy43n6w

Online virtual Chakma keyboard
http://uni.hilledu.com/ribeng.html

Chakma fonts
http://hilledu.com/?page_id=1954
http://www.omniglot.com/fonts/chakma.zip

Indo-Aryan languages

Awadhi, Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Chakma, Dhivehi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Kotia, Kutchi, Maithili, Marathi, Marwari, Modi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Romany, Saraiki, Sindhi, Sinhala, Sourashtra, Sugali, Sylheti, Urdu

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas

Ahom, Badaga, Balinese, Batak, Baybayin (Tagalog), Bengali, Brahmi, Buhid, Burmese, Chakma, Cham, Dehong Dai, Devanagari, Dives Akuru, Ethiopic, Evēla Akuru, Fraser, Gondi, Grantha, Gujarati, Gupta, Gurmukhi, Hanuno'o, Javanese, Jenticha, Kaithi, Kannada, Kharosthi, Khmer, Khojki, Kulitan, Lanna, Lao, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara/Makasar, Malayalam, Manpuri, Modi, Mongolian Horizontal Square Script, Mro, New Tai Lue, Oriya, Pahawh Hmong, Pallava, Phags-pa, Ranjana, Redjang, Shan, Sharda, Siddham, Sindhi, Sinhala, Sorang Sompeng, Sourashtra, Soyombo, Sundanese, Syloti Nagri, Tagbanwa, Takri, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigalari (Tulu), Tikamuli, Tocharian, Tolong Siki, Varang Kshiti