6 - LessonHOne
I. 4. ISteps in wri ti ng Ti betan letters
i̅Ti betan uses three mai n scripts. The one used in pri nted matter is called uchen, or
literally "bi g head." There is also a related "headless" script k now n as um ay that i s often
used in handwritten manuscripts, and a difficult script k nown as kyu thati̅is used i n i̅ i̅
correspondence and notesThe uchen script is the one used throughout this text si nce it is
what you will encounter in books and newspapers.
i̅In the diagram that foll ows, the sequence of strokes used i n writi ng Tibetan letters
is prese nted. y ou will note that they go from left to ri ght.
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--- r ] - ཡ་ མུ
--- --- ]ང་ བ་ ཌ་ ཅ་
--- ---. བ་ ག་ r ཆ་
- ཇ་
ཅ་ n n. ru ru ru
ə̅ ō ---
ཇ་ ཆ་
n ཉ་ ̅ ɔ
--- ཏ་ u [
ཁ་ ར་ ཐ་ +
------ 7 --- ད་ n n nt
ན་ ཤ་
- ར་ པུ་ --- ར་ ར་ l
ང་ ཕ་ [ --- ང་ གྱུ)
ང་ བུ་ - ཌ་ u t ར་ '[
སྒྱུ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
i̅Ti betan consonants, by and large, are organi zed i n seri es of four sounds on the
basis of where they are pronounced in the mouth. The first consonant i n such series is
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