Heļagana (へら°がな - හෙළගන)

Heļagana is an adaptation of the Japanese kana syllabaries to write Sinhala devised by Rukshan Karannagoda (රුක්ෂාන් ​ කරන්නාගොඩ). The name combines the native name of Sinhala, හෙළ (heļa) with the Japanese かな (kana). Rukshan Karannagoda's goal was to write Sinhala exactly as it is pronounced and to type it in a relatively straight-forward way. Thus, the adaptation uses both the hiragana and katakana syllabaries, which renders them un-interchangeable as the sound changes with the syllabary.

Notable features

Heļagana script

Heļagana Vowels

Heļagana vowels

Heļagana Consonants

Heļagana consonants

Heļagana script

Some prenasalised consonants deviate from their designated kana forms in order to incorporate the standalone or 'hal (හල්)' consonants more easily.

Heļagana prenasalised consonants

Mæđiđesakuru (中國字)

Heļagana script - Chinese characters

A full list of all usable Mæđiđesakuru has not been made yet.

Sample text

Heļagana (へら°がな)

しやヌ まぬし°ゃよー にだはスわ うぱた ナばー あぇた。 がるツわエン はー あイちわーしかムわ二ン さまーな うぇち。ゆクち あゆクち ぴり°ばダ はぇギ°ーめン はー はルださークし°エンゆツ おゔン、おゔのゔンた° さぇら°きや ゆってー さほーだらツわやぴり°ばダ はぇギ°ーめに。

Heļagana and mæđiđesakuru (中國字-まぇぢでさくる-මැදිදෙසකුරු), Chinese characters

都 人よー 自由わ 誕 得ばー あぇた。尊格エン はー 權利かムわ二ン平 うぇち。正 あ正 抗於 はぇギ°ーめン はー 心憑エン 含ツ 他ン、他他ンた° さぇら°きや 含てー 伴胃格や 抗於 はぇギ°ーめに。

Sinhala script version

සියලු මනුෂ්‍යයෝ නිදහස්ව උපත ලබා ඇත. ගරුත්වයෙන් හා අයිතිවාසිකම්වලින් සමාන වෙති. යුක්ති අයුක්ති පිළිබඳ හැඟීමෙන් හා හෘද සාක්ෂියෙන් යුත් ඔවුන්, ඔවුනොවුන්වුන්ට සැළකිය යුත්තේ සහෝදරත්වය පිළිබඳ හැඟීමෙනි.


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(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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