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Madri    Madri

Madri started in the early sixties as a "secret writing" invented by Peter J. Franke in the Netherlands. First it followed the Roman alphabet, but it soon turned into a phonetic system for Dutch. Over time more characters for neighbouring languages were included.

After Peter studied the IPA, Madri evolved into a world wide compatible phonetic alphabet. It now contains 152 characters for vowels (mono-, diph- and triphthongs), consonants and also numerals, diacritics, suprasegmentals and combined characters.

The name Madri comes from the ancient Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, in which Madri is the second wife of Pandu.

Notable features

Madri alphabet

Madri alphabet

Madri alphabet

Madri alphabet

Madri alphabet


Sample text in the Madri alphabet


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)

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