The Letter “L” 

Writers for InterestEng. were given the assignment to chose a letter of the alphabet and make up a story of how that letter came to be. In this very clever story, Kavita tells us how the letter “L” came to be.  Kavita is a bright, vibrant young teacher working with Akshara, in the Pune region of India, in its primary school system. Kavita’s native language is Marathi. She takes English lessons with The School Inside.

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ONCE upon a time there was a very intelligent scientist who was working on making a new language. One day his team all sat together for a meeting. The main point of the meeting was to make a new language that the whole world could use. The meeting was very serious. 

     There were 25 scientist staff members and, including the head scientist, there were 26 members all together.  So the scientists decided to make the alphabet for the new language with 26 letters. Every staff member would make one shape, or new letter, each. After one week, they agreed to meet again with 26 new letter shapes. After the meeting, everyone was very tense, but excited, about making new letters. Here, for example, is how one scientist found a letter which he called ‘L’.  After a lot of hard work he still couldn’t come up with a proper shape no matter how much he was thinking. He wanted to make a shape that related to something natural. As he was thinking about this, he became tired and put his left hand on his face. At the same time, the thumb of his left hand was resting under his chin because that was very natural! He sat like this thinking very hard and, suddenly, he noticed the shape his hand and thumb made.  And from this he got the ‘L’  shape!  This shape become the 12th letter of the new alphabet.  Kavita

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