To help you learn how to read and write English in the Musa alphabet, we offer a variety of learning aids. Use the one(s) you find most useful!
Here are the names for all the Musa shapes:
Here are memorable images of all the Musa letters and numbers used for English:
For those of you who are familiar with the (excellent) color vowel system, here is a chart of the vowel colors:
The color vowels are a great way to talk about the English vowel sounds when they're written in the Roman alphabet, where they don't each have their own letter. That's not a problem in Musa, but here's another aid: nicknames that help you associate vowel sounds with letter shapes. Each nickname includes the sound it represents, and hopefully also evokes the shape of the letter. Here are some hints:
Yawn depicts an open mouth.
Bobby represents the helmet of a London constable.
Arena and Diamond represent the unstressed vowels in the word.
Shield, Hoop, Vale and Bowl only occur in their long forms in English, with a following Long mark.
The bottom two rows show some nicknames used for consonants.
Here are two simple charts of the English letters, suitable for printing.
| green|| silver|| purple|| wooden|| blue|
| gray|| red|| mustard|| auburn|| rose|
| white|| black|| almond|| olive|| brown|
| turquoise|| mocha|| amber|| golden|| fuchsia|
| beer|| pear|| scarlet|| orange|| gourd|
| fire|| flour|| manure|
| m|| n|| ng|
| b|| d|| dz|| j|| g|
| p|| t|| ts|| ch|| k|
| pʰ|| tʰ|| tsʰ|| chʰ|| kʰ|
| v|| dh|| z|| zh|
| f|| th|| s|| sh|
| l|| -đ-|| -|| h|| ll|
| y|| r|| -|| -h|| w|
Here are charts showing the correspondence between the IPA and Musa:
Here are all the Musa digits, along with their color codes:
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