The “last” consonants in the Nepali Devanagari script

य र ल व – ya ra la wa श ष स ह – sha Sha sa ha These consonants appear at the end of the Devanagari order after the labial Consonants (which are part of the 5 x 5 consonant matrix that are ordered by the place of sound production). Please follow and like us: ...

Labial Consonants in Nepali Devanagari

Labial consonant refers to a consonant that is produced with the lips. “labial” comes from Latin: Labia – the lip (lt.). In the case of the given devanagari consonants these sounds are all produced by pressing the libs together and then suddenly releasing/opening them. The sound is produced in the moment of release. प फ ब भ – pa pha ba bha They follow the ...

Palatal Devanagari Consonants in Nepali

Non-sounding, nonaspirated : च (ca) Non-sounding, aspirated: छ (cha) Sounding, non-aspirated: ज (ja) Sounding, aspirated: झ (jha) Nasal (which will be discussed elsewhere) These sounds are produced between the palate (the roof of the mouth) and the body of the tongue (in contrast to the retroflex sounds which are produced with the tip of tongue). Tips for practicing the pronunciation: – Test the aspiration with ...

T and D sounds in Nepali – aspiration vs. non-aspiration (part II)

First Part (Non-)aspiration describes whether a out-breath is made during the sound production: Aspirated means there is an audible out-breath. Non-aspirated means there is no out-breath whatsoever. So basically you have to breath-out when making the sound (for the aspirated consonants) The best method to practice the pronunciation is to hold your hand 5 cm (2 inches) in front of your mouth and just feel ...

T and D sounds in Nepali – retroflex vs. dental (part I)

I will explain this in detail for the versions of the sound T. The different versions of the sound D will be analogue For the actual pronunciation please refer to the video that is posted in the second part of this blog post. For an English native speaker (and for speakers of most non-Indian languages) learning how to pronounce the four different sounds of T ...