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Braille Patterns


The 42nd character of the braille script


Invented by Louis Braille, braille cells were arranged in numerical order and assigned to letters of the French alphabet. Most braille alphabets follow this assignment for the 26 letters of the basic Latin alphabet, or for the equivalents of those letters in a non-Latin script.

The first ten braille letters are ⠁⠃⠉⠙⠑⠋⠛⠓⠊⠚, usually assigned to the Latin letters a–j. The next ten repeat that pattern with the addition of a dot at the lower left, the third ten with two dots on the bottom, and the fourth with a dot on the bottom right. The fifth decade is like the first, but shifted downward. Many languages which use braille letters beyond the basic 26 for simple letters in their script follow an approximation of the English values for the additional letters.

Punctuation markEdit

  1. (Braille) ; (semicolon)


  1. (English Braille) A letter rendering the print sequence -bb-
  2. (Hausa Braille) ɓ
  3. (Igbo Braille, Yoruba Braille) gb
  4. (Arabic Braille) ـً (-an)
  5. (Chinese Braille) Tone 4
  6. (Cantonese Braille) The rime yn (yun)
  7. (Thai Braille) The vowel ี long i
  8. (Korean Braille) Final (ch)
  9. (IPA Braille) ʔ

Usage notesEdit

  • (English Braille) Cannot appear at the beginning or end of a word.


  1. (English Braille) be


  1. (English Braille) be-

See alsoEdit

(Braille script):              










(romaji wi)

  1. The hiragana syllable (wi) or the katakana syllable (wi) in Japanese braille.