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 ...

Vowel Devanagari Letters in Nepali – Part 1

There are full vowel signs and attached vowel signs for (almost) every vowel – in contrast to consonants who have only a full consonants sign. In this part I focus on the first six vowels. अ अा इ र्इ उ ऊ – a aa i ii u uu The full vowel sign is used if the vowel is NOT attached to a consonant. Which is ...

Guttural Devanagari Consonants

These are the guttural Devanagari letters: The guttural consonants are from the first line of the consonant system in Devanagari. They come first because they are produced the furthest back in the throat-mouth system. Guttural is derived from the Latin word for throat “gula” and means as such “from the throat”. The term describes the fact that the sounds are produced in the throat. In ...