Wancho Wancho (๐ž‹’๐ž‹€๐ž‹‰๐ž‹ƒ๐ž‹•)

The Wancho script was invented between 2001 and 2012 by Banwang Losu, a teacher from the Longding district in Arunachal Pradesh. His aim was to give the Wancho people their own script and a way to record and preserve their culture and language, which is traditionally transmitted orally. It is used to write Wancho, a Brahmaputran language spoken mainly in the Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast of India.

The Wancho script was added to Unicode in 2019. It is currently taught in some schools using a textbook published by Losu in 2013. Wancho is usually written with the Devanagari or Latin alphabets.

Notable features

Wancho script (Laizi / Laili)

Wancho script

Download alphabet charts for Wancho (Excel)

Sample text

๐ž‹™๐ž‹ž๐ž‹ฉ๐ž‹›๐ž‹” ๐ž‹‰๐ž‹ž๐ž‹ฎ๐ž‹Ž๐ž‹€๐ž‹ฎ ๐ž‹”๐ž‹œ๐ž‹˜๐ž‹ฏ ๐ž‹๐ž‹€๐ž‹ž ๐ž‹”๐ž‹๐ž‹ž ๐ž‹‹๐ž‹๐ž‹˜ ๐ž‹š๐ž‹•๐ž‹‰๐ž‹ฏ ๐ž‹ƒ๐ž‹ ๐ž‹๐ž‹›๐ž‹ฏ ๐ž‹”๐ž‹๐ž‹ฎ๐ž‹‰ ๐ž‹‹๐ž‹๐ž‹œ๐ž‹ซ ๐ž‹˜๐ž‹ข ๐ž‹Œ๐ž‹ž๐ž‹๐ž‹ฎ ๐ž‹‡๐ž‹ ๐ž‹Š๐ž‹ž๐ž‹ซ ๐ž‹ƒ๐ž‹ ๐ž‹‰๐ž‹ž๐ž‹ฎ๐ž‹Š๐ž‹ž๐ž‹ฎ, ๐ž‹ƒ๐ž‹ ๐ž‹ƒ๐ž‹€๐ž‹ฎ ๐ž‹ˆ๐ž‹๐ž‹˜ ๐ž‹…๐ž‹•๐ž‹œ๐ž‹ฎ ๐ž‹”๐ž‹ ๐ž‹ƒ๐ž‹๐ž‹œ ๐ž‹ƒ๐ž‹ ๐ž‹‰๐ž‹€๐ž‹ž ๐ž‹ˆ๐ž‹ ๐ž‹‹๐ž‹๐ž‹œ๐ž‹ซ ๐ž‹€ ๐ž‹Š๐ž‹๐ž‹๐ž‹œ.

Translation by Banwang Losu

Transliteration (Devanagari alphabet)

เค–เฅเคžเฅ‡เค• เคจเฅเคธเคพ เค•เคฟเคฎ เคœเคพเค‰ เค•เคพเค‰ เคคเคพเคฎ เคนเฅ‹เคจ เคšเคพ เคœเฅ‡ เค•เคพเคจ เคคเคพเค‡เคƒ เคฎเฅ‹เค™ เคฅเฅเค™ เคซเคพ เคชเฅเคƒ เคšเคพ เคจเฅเคชเฅ, เคšเคพ เคšเคพ เคฒเคพเคฎ เค—เฅ‹เค‡ เค•เคพ เคšเคพเค‡ เคšเคพ เคจเคพเค‰ เคฒเคพ เคคเคพเค‡เคƒ เค… เคชเคพเคœเคฟ.

Transliteration (Latin alphabet)

Khunyek nusaa kim jaau kau tam hon ca je kan taiส” mong thung pha puส” ca nupu, ca caa lam goi ka cai ca naau la taiส” aa paji.

Translation

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.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Details provided by Biswajit Mandal (biswajitmandal[dot]bm90[at]gmail[dot]com)

Videos about the Wancho script

Links

Information about Wancho
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wancho_script
https://www.unicode.org/L2/L2017/17067r2-n4787r2-wancho.pdf
https://indianexpress.com/article/north-east-india/arunachal-pradesh/meet-banwang-losu-arunachal-man-who-scripted-history-by-creating-new-alphabet-for-ancient-tribal-language-5903790/
https://arunachaltimes.in/index.php/2019/08/08/a-decade-of-research-bears-fruit-wancho-unicode-font-developed/

Alphabets

A-chik Tokbirim, Adinkra, Adlam, Armenian, Avestan, Avoiuli, Bassa (Vah), Beitha Kukju, Borama / Gadabuursi, Carian, Carpathian Basin Rovas, Chinuk pipa, Chisoi, Coorgi-Cox, Coptic, Cyrillic, Dalecarlian runes, Deseret, Elbasan, Etruscan, Faliscan, Galik, Georgian (Asomtavruli), Georgian (Nuskhuri), Georgian (Mkhedruli), Glagolitic, Global Alphabet, Gothic, Greek, Irish (Uncial), Kaddare, Khatt-i-Badรญโ€™, Khazarian Rovas, Korean, Latin, Lepontic, Luo Lakeside Script, Lycian, Lydian, Manchu, Mandaic, Mandombe, Marsiliana, Messapic, Mongolian, Mro, Mundari Bani, N'Ko, North Picene, Nyiakeng Puachue Hmong, Odรนduwร , Ogham, Old Church Slavonic, Oirat Clear Script, Ol Chiki (Ol Cemet' / Santali), Old Italic, Old Nubian, Old Permic, Ol Onal, Orkhon, Oscan, Pau Cin Hau, Phrygian, Pollard script, Runic, Szรฉkely-Hungarian Rovรกs (Hungarian Runes), Somali (Osmanya), South Picene, Sutton SignWriting, Sunuwar, Tai Lue, Tangsa, Todhri, Toto, Umbrian, Uyghur, Wancho, Zaghawa, Zoulai

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