Borama alphabet Borama

The Borama alphabet was created in 1933 by Sheikh Abdurahman Sheikh Nuur, a Qur'anic teacher and a member of the Gadabuursi clan, as a way to write Somali. It is also known Gadabuursi and was used by the Sheikh's small circle of associates in Borama, and by some merchants in Zeila and Borama. Borama is a city in the northwest of the Awdal region in the west of (the Republic of) Somaliland, an unrecognised de facto sovereign state between Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia.

The Borama alphabet was submitted to the Somali Language Committee in 1961, and they considered it unsatisfactory.

Notable features

Borama/Gadabuursi alphabet

Sample text

Sample text in the Borama alphabet

Translation

My beloved brother Huseen, Peace.
I am well, the reer is at Đoobo.
The big burden camel has been eaten by a lion. 'Ali has come.
The goods have been received by us. Send us (some) ghee.
Out mother has come. Your brother Guuleed has gone to Hargeisa.

Nuur Bile, Borama.

Information about Somali | Osmanya alphabet | Borama / Gadabuursi alphabet | Kaddare alphabet | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel | Books about Somali on: Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk [affilate links]

Links

Information about the Borama / Gadabuursi alphabet
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadabuursi_alphabet
https://thelanguagecloset.com/2023/01/07/writing-in-africa-the-somalian-alphabets-pt-2/
https://www.jstor.org/stable/610496
https://archive.org/details/LinguisticReport1961/page/n33/mode/2up

Fonts for Borama / Gadabuursi
https://www.myfonts.com/collections/ongunkan-borama-somali-script-font-runic-world-tamgaci

Alphabets

A-chik Tokbirim, Adinkra, ADLaM, Armenian, Avestan, Avoiuli, Bactrian, Bassa (Vah), Beitha Kukju, Beria (Zaghawa), Borama / Gadabuursi, Carian, Carpathian Basin Rovas, Chinuk pipa, Chisoi, Coorgi-Cox, Coptic, Cyrillic, Dalecarlian runes, Elbasan, Etruscan, Faliscan, Fox, Galik, Georgian (Asomtavruli), Georgian (Nuskhuri), Georgian (Mkhedruli), Glagolitic, Global Alphabet, Gothic, Greek, Irish (Uncial), Kaddare, Kayah Li, Khatt-i-Badí’, Khazarian Rovas, Koch, Korean, Latin, Lepontic, Luo Lakeside Script, Lycian, Lydian, Manchu, Mandaic, Mandombe, Marsiliana, Medefaidrin, Messapic, Mongolian, Mro, Mundari Bani, Naasioi Otomaung, N'Ko, North Picene, Nyiakeng Puachue Hmong, Odùduwà, Ogham, Old Church Slavonic, Oirat Clear Script, Ol Chiki (Ol Cemet' / Santali), Old Italic, Old Nubian, Old Permic, Ol Onal, Orkhon, Osage, Oscan, Osmanya (Somali), Pau Cin Hau, Phrygian, Pollard script, Runic, Székely-Hungarian Rovás (Hungarian Runes), South Picene, Sutton SignWriting, Sunuwar, Tai Viet, Tangsa, Todhri, Toto, Umbrian, (Old) Uyghur, Wancho, Yezidi, Zoulai

Other writing systems

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