To read and write Malayalam you
should master the letters of the language. Shown below are symbols used for writing
Each box in the first row contains the visual sign
for the concerned Vowel when it occurs initially. The corresponding box in the third row
contains its visual sign when occurring non-initially .
The first box in the lower row is empty since the
visual sign of most consonants in Malayalam represent a syllable containing an
( A ). When the sign representing any other non-initial vowel is added the
visual sign of the consonant does not carry any quality of the inherent A ( A ).
anusvaram () and visargam ()
Anusvaram represents the consonant M
without the inherent A ( A ).Visargam represents the consonant h, without the inherent A ( A ), in certain loan
words from Sanskrit.
This has two values in the present
day Malayalam Writing system:
Each of the
following signs represents just a consonant without the inherent A ( A ).