The Chakma language is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language closely related to Bengali and spoken by about 600,000 people in parts of Bangladesh and India. About half the Chakma speakers live near Chittagong in southeast Bangladesh, while the rest can be found in the states of Mizoram, Assam, and Tripura in northeast India.
Chakma is written with an alphabet known as Chakma, Ajhā pāṭh (𑄃𑄧𑄏𑄛𑄖𑄴), Ojhapath, Ojhopath or Aaojhapath. It developed from the Burmese alphabet. It can also be written with the Bengali and Latin alphabets.
Download alphabet charts for Chakma (Excel)
Details of the Chakma alphabet provided by Wolfram Siegel (PDF, in German)
Hear how to pronounce Chakma:
ইউন আম্হা র
আমা আঃত, আঃত্যের আ বিজক দিনে বানাইয়ে
যুনি ইউন আঃরাই ফেলাই,
সালেন আমি আমারে আঃরাই ফেলেবং
Iun amha ro
amha aht, ahtyer, a bijok dine banaeye
zuni iun ahrae phelae,
salen ami amare ahrae phelebhaṁ
These are our words, shaped
By our hands, our tools,
Our history. Lose them,
And we lose ourselves.
Beg manussun swadhīn gori ekkoi morzada ar odhikar lone loi jonmo on. Tarar bibek buddhi bekkani age, senotte amar bekkunellei dôl cittoloi soṁporana ucit.
Details provided by Amuk F. and Wolfram Siegel
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)
Information about the Chakma language and alphabet
Online virtual Chakma keyboard
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