Zaghawa Beria alphabet Beria Giray Erfe (Beria Branding Script)

The Zaghawa Beria alphabet was developed in the 1950s by Adam Tajir, a school teacher. He based it on the brands used on camels and other livestock by the Zaghawa people. This alphabet was improved in 2000 by a vet called Siddick Adam Issa, who called the new version Beria Giray Erfe ('Beria Writing Marks' or 'Beria Branding Script'). A font was created by Seonil Yun, in cooperation with SIL International and the Mission Protestante Franco-Suisse au Tchad.

Zaghawa is a member of the Eastern Saharan branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family. It is spoken in eastern central Chad, and in Darfur in the northwest of Sudan.

Zaghawa can also be written with the Latin alphabet, and a way to write it with the Arabic script is also being developed.

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Zaghawa Beria alphabet and pronunciation

Zaghawa alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text in Zaghawa

Sample text in Zaghawa


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Information about the Zaghawa Beria alphabet

Zaghawa Beria Font


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