Book 1 : Alphabet


The Odia Alphabet

The Odia alphabet contains 49 letters. Of these, there are 13 vowels and 34 consonants.

To someone not of Indian origin, this number might be somewhat excessive. However, this scheme is such that it is able to represent each sound with its own symbol. This prevents ambiguity and makes things much, much easier later on. Things are pronounced as they are written and vice versa.

Here is the entire alphabet in all its glory. This guide will go through the sounds in easy groups, so there's no need to memorise all of them at this very moment. For now, have a look at the characters and how they are shaped, where the curves meet and what is common between the letters.

ଅ ଆ ଇ ଈ ଉ ଊ ର ଋ ଌ ଏ ଐ ଓ ଔ ଅଂ ଅଃ

କ ଖ ଗ ଘ
ଚ ଛ ଜ ଝ
ଟ ଠ ଡ ଢ ଣ
ତ ଥ ଦ ଧ ନ
ପ ଫ ବ ଭ ମ
ଯ ର ଳ ଲ ବ
ଶ ଷ ସ ହ କ୍ଷ

There. Rest back and enjoy this guide at your own pace.