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Hylian Language Lesson 01 - The Alphabet by Sarinilli Hylian Language Lesson 01 - The Alphabet by Sarinilli
This is something I've been thinking of doing for a while. Even though I am very busy working on the language as a whole, some words, phrases and concepts haven't really changed or are finished enough to share.

These lessons are to help teach people how to read, write, and even speak the Hylian language.



This first lesson is just a quick rundown on the basic pronunciation of the letters to help get everyone started off.

These lessons are to help teach people how to read, write, and especially speak the Hylian language.


For more help understanding pronunciation, please check this IPA pronunciation key. It has a few more words and references that I couldn't fit into my lesson here. :3


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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Whhooo... Glad all of that made sense! I was a little worried. Sometimes I feel like I'm not so good at explaining things. lol

And don't worry; I separated it into paragraphs because it was easier for me to write out. It's fine. :3
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IvenVlex Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2015
Whelp, that cleared up everything for me. Thanks a lot, and I hope all goes well with your project! Keep up the good work, this language is marvelous! I really love Zelda, and now I can write the language. May Nayru be with you in the creation of the laws in it! Also, I didn't think of separating my points of interest with paragraphs. Sorry about that.
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
The d in word; it depends on what letter follows the d. For example, if you know anything about Japanese, then you know their d has a bit more of a "t" sound to it compared to d in most Latin based languages; the point is with the d is it's mostly akin to a Latin/English d.

The syllable character for "hi" and any syllable letters containing i can stand for either of the stand alone i letters, so it could sound like the i in "link" or the i in "his". It's context when writing as to which to use. Unlike in English, you aren't going to run into multiple words with multiple spellings and meanings (example: red, read, and read), so if a word CAN be spelled with a syllable letter to shorten it, it doesn't change the word or how it sounds.

Let me put it this way about the i difference: do you pronounce "it" and "eat" the same way? If not, that should explain the difference. "eat" has the same long i like sound as "link" or "sing" in this case.
This and a few other pronunciation issues are why I plan to eventually have some audio help files for this up on youtube. :3

For "sh" missing an underline, I felt like using "shell" as the explanation was rather self explanatory. It's pretty much the same "sh" sound you get in any word with the letter combination. I could also use the "tio" in "combination" as an example of the sound, depending on how people pronounce it.

As for the y and "eye", "aye" and "high" as you mentioned: you have to take the entire "igh" into account. Try saying "high" without the h. Other examples could be "why" the way you pronounce the i in "kite" or "my" without the m.

Again, I know I need to get some recordings done at some point. I think the key here is to remember that this is for an actual language project. So at it's core, just like with the English alphabet, my Hylian alphabets pronunciation is dependent on my Hylian language. You CAN use the alphabet to write in English but it isn't meant to represent English.

I really hope that helps clarify the differences a bit; I know it's hard to get the idea across via text, though, and I apologize for not having any audio help available yet.
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IvenVlex Featured By Owner Edited Jul 16, 2015
It looks fantastic, but I'm confused on some parts. For "de," I get the "deh" in "den," but "word?" How does that have "deh" in it? For "hi," why are there two different sounds? Is that just how it's supposed to be, able to express two sounds? If so, why not simply leave the "he" pronunciation there and take out the "hih" (as in "his") pronunciation, as there is a letter that, paired with the "h" sound, would make the "hih" sound? For "i," well, it's the most baffling part for me. Why do they make the same sound? "Link," for me, has an "ih" sound. So does "sing." So do "his," "it" and "with." Although, perhaps I pronounce these incorrectly (I'm not being sarcastic). At "re," there seems to be an underline missing, but I get the point of that one. On to "ri." Is this the same case as "hi?" One is "ree" and the other is "rih." Also, "sh" is missing an underline as well. And one more thing, when wanting to say something like "hi" (in english), would one write that in Hylian as an "h" and then a "y?" I ask that because I did not see a definite "eye"sound, only "aye" at "y." Now, I know that "eye" and "aye" sound the same. However, accompanied with the "y" pronunciations, there is only the end of "high," which would stop it from being an "eye" sound and make it a "yuh" sound (not necessarily with the "uh" at the end of it, but that was the only way I could think of to demonstrate the sound of the english "y" alone). I don't mean in any way to sound rude, and again, I absolutely love this language! I merely want to get the full understanding of it so that I can use it to the fullest. 
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CopperCoatedPride Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015   General Artist
It was unintentional cause I didn't even know that was a thing but your welcome!
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
According to Canon, yes; but since the only two alphabets I've modified for my language project are the ancient script and the alphabet from the OoT era, that's why the second is "modern" compared to the Ancient.
It also follows along with the fact that realistically, though they're all so similar, the style from the OoT era is easiest to write.
I figure if there was ever a modern world setting of Hyrule then that era's writing would fit it best for ease of use... That, and it's the one I used solely when I started the language project. lol
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IrishRose57 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
I'm a little confused. The second row looks more like Old Hylian then Modern Hylian... 
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem! Glad it helped. I also updated the description with a link to the IPA guide; thanks for giving me the idea to do that. Not sure why I didn't put that in there in the first place. lol
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CopperCoatedPride Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015   General Artist
Ah I see, that makes more sense thank you!
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not exactly; the s in pleasure is just an example of how it sounds; it's a softer j than the harsh sound it usually has in English. There aren't many words in English that have that sound, actually.

The IPA reference is the key to understanding it: dictionary.reference.com/help/…
According to the IPA pronunciation key ʒ sounds like the s in measure and television or the ge in beige as well. I hope that helps. :3
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CopperCoatedPride Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015   General Artist
Assuming I don't get confused with the pronunciations, speaking of which is it supposed to say j is pronounced like an S?
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just stick with it and you'll have them memorized in no time. ^_^
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CopperCoatedPride Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015   General Artist
^.^ Now I need to finish my flashcards.... This could take awhile
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Heart 
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CopperCoatedPride Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015   General Artist
Your mistaken, I don't like It. That would be the understatment of the ventury I LOVE It. :D
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOO Glad you like it! :D
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CopperCoatedPride Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015   General Artist
*Gasp* THE HAPPINESS IS TOO MUCH :P :D
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
*hands you a club card* Meow :3 
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CopperCoatedPride Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015   General Artist
Today shall be the day I start the road to being able to identify myself as an overly-obsessed zelda fan xD.
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TF-Circus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Ah, okay ^^
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Naaa, but thanks for asking! It's more of a matter of just going through and fixing the vocabulary and figuring out how to better explain the grammar which is currently an unorganized mess in my mind. haha
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TF-Circus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome! I can't wait to see the new ones ^^

Is any help wanted?
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh there will. It's just a matter of finding the time to work on the old vocabulary files and fix past mistakes; with the holidays coming up so fast my job's been eating most of my time away so it's hard right now.

But I always point out: I haven't quit, or given up. I AM continuing this, albeit very slowly right now. ^^;;
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TF-Circus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist
You're welcome ^^

I've read all of them and started learning them

Will there be more?
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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TF-Circus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist
It's really cool!
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I wish...lol. No, it's a fan project I've been working on for an ungodly amount of time. haha
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TF-Circus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Are these official? i've seen so many different hylian character sets online
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Glad you liked it~ :3
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ClayCeryni Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
amazimg! Thanks a lot for the lesson! :DI Got A Key 
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nope, not quite. Since Hylian isn't 100% syllabary like Japanese, there are a number of possibilities. You could spell it out exactly like it would be in English with a C at the beginning, or a K, or "ka", and either of the r forms depending on if you wish for it to be pronounced like "car" or with a softer r sound; then either l and o separately, or the "lo" character followed by an s. In short- however you wish for it to be pronounced will play a roll in the spelling but past that it's all up to you. :3

Same with your last name; you could use a c or k, but besides that you could easily just spell it out as-is. :3

I hope I didn't just confuse you worse. lol ^^;
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untipollamadocarlos Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi! Great lessons btw I'm busting my head trying to understand it lol.
I'm trying to translate my name but I am not sure if I'm doing this right.
my name is carlos. Since modern hylian uses syllables like Japanese I'm roughly translating it to ka-ru-ro-s and using those hylian characters. Am I on the right track?

also my last name is trickier. It's Izcoa. But I don't know how to divide that in syllables. 

Thanks again dude. Your fonts are awesome. :D
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Skaterboy100 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Writer
Haha your welcome 😊
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha yeah...more than you'd realize. I try not to let it get to me though (if you know what I mean) even if it is true. ^^;

Buuut...thank you. :3 ♥
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Skaterboy100 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Writer
Oh ok! Has anybody ever mentioned how awesomely smart you are?
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem! I THINK I mentioned that in a comment somewhere else...but I think one of these days I DO need to redo this lesson with more info like that and more ipa help because if you check out the pdf for the Hylian Language Project alphabets there's a LOT of help in there that isn't in this lesson. :3
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Skaterboy100 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you. That really helps!! 😃
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hylian doesn't have an x; however for straight up English texts, you can substitute the "sh" character (mapped to the small x) when an x is needed. :3
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Skaterboy100 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Writer
I know this is going to be a stupid question but what is x? 
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha well, I don't have much vocabulary for the language project it's self online right now. The alphabets can be used for English just fine though; if you want to write time in English with the Hylian alphabets I have altered for the language feel free, just be sure you're using the right i in time; in modern it's the one that looks like a box with a lid.
Peia is the Hylian word for time; a word from the actual language I've been working on for many years now. No need to feel stressed out, just don't worry so much and check the other lessons and remember that the language is just that, and the alphabets can be used with both Hylian and English. :3
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Jacklelover13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the alphabets and all that, I really like looking through them all~ The only problem for me is, for some reason, I feel stressed trying to figure out how exactly to speak Hylian. Cause normally when I see stuff like this.. I tend to spell out say... time.. with the actually letters that spell out time.. and I remember you saying that time is Peia or something like that.. and I wonder where you get that from. Sorry, I love that you do this, I just am confused and for some reason feel stressed with it all xD Nothing against you really, I absolutely adore all this, but my brain is having a hard time understanding. If you could help, it would be very much appreciated!! ^^ 
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NinShroom Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol I hear that a lot. Some of those were the originals, too, which may explain why. Some of the ones I had to invent kind of resemble Japanese too, but I had to stick with the theme so they would all look right together. ^^
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NinShroom Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah...Modern IS easier to write, but looks weird. Sort of :P But then again, some Ancient Hylian letters look sorta like Japanese characters...lol XD
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Actually, I take that as quite a compliment since I had to add so much to the original in game alphabet. ^_^

But yes, I agree. I like it better too as far as aesthetics go. Though I admit I like Modern better as far as ease of writing goes. 
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NinShroom Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually prefer the ancient one better. o_O
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KyomiHikaru Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Finally get to f*ck up my friend's brain.
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Sarinilli Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol, you're welcome. x3
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KyomiHikaru Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I get to f*ck with my friend's brain now XD Thank you for creating this.
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