Franabugida    Franabugida

Franabugida is an alternative way of writing French invented by Fran├žois BOULLION, who was inspired by the scripts of Northern India, especially Devanagari, and who found the idea of representing both the consonant and its vowel together in the same symbol mind-blowing.

Notable features


Stand-alone consonants

Stand-alone consonnants are letters that inscribe themselves in the space between the two imaginary horizontal lines in which we write our Latin letters such as "a", "c", "x" or any of all these letters that have neither upstroke nor downstroke. They transcribe the consonnants that are not followed by a vowel (except schwa). They may transcribe a word-final consonnant, the initial consonnant in a consonant cluster, a consonant in the middle of a consonant cluster or a consonant followed by a schwa. The three French approximants [j], [w] and [μ] are considered consonants, for simplicity's sake.

Franabugida stand-alone consonants

Stand-alone vowels

Stand-alone vowels are letters that have an upstroke or a downstroke. They're used to write word-initial vowels or vowels following another vowel (except schwas, of course, schwa-initial hiatus don't exist in French).

Franabugida stand-alone vowels

Combinations of a consonant and a vowel

Combinations of a consonant and a vowel, which make up all the possible C-V possible combinations in French. In most cases, the stand-alone consonant receives an upstroke or a downstroke representing the vowel. The system works like adding a diacritic but it doesn't look like a diacritic. Graphically, it's more like a ligature of the consonant with the vowel.

For aesthetic reasons, some (but not many) consonant-vowel combinations do not follow this logical pattern, and receive a different shape (often free from up or downstroke).

Sample text

Sample text in Franabugida


Tous les êtres humains naissent libres et égaux en dignité et en droits. Ils sont doués de raison et de conscience et doivent agir les uns envers les autres dans un esprit de fraternité


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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