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The Hindi Consonants Posted by on Mar 8, 2009 in Hindi Language

Namaste (नमस्ते)!

Today we’re going to learn the Hindi consonants.

– is pronounced as the k in sKip     You can see this in the Hindi word for pigeon (कबूतर)

– is pronounced as kh in sinKHole     This sound can be heard in the word for rabbit (खरगोश).

– is like the g in Go     Can be heard in the word for donkey (गधा).

– is the gh in doGHouse     The word for clock (घड़ी) contains this sound.

– is the ng in riNG There are no words beginning with nasal sounds.

– the ch in Churn     The word spoon (चम्मच) has this sound.

छ – the chh in hitchhiker     The word umbrella (छतरी) has this sound.

– the j in Jump     The word for ship (जहाज) has this sound.

– the dg doDGe     The word for flag (झंडी) has this sound

– the ny in caNYon     Nasal sounds in Hindi are used for Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) loanwords and do not occur independently

I think this is a good place to stop for today, next time we’ll continue with the rest of the consonants

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  1. Gerard:

    Hi, can you please add a latin script approximation when you introduce words? I think it would be a lot easier to learn that way.