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Today we are going to go over the next group of Hindi consonants. This group is called the Palatals. A Palatal consonant is consonants that are articulated with the tongue raised against the hard palate. Today we are going to go over च ca, छ cha, ज ja, झ jha and ञ ña.
ca Pronounced as ‘cha’.
Ex: Caabe (चाबी) (Key) is pronounced ‘cha-bee’
cha An aspirated version of च ca.
Ex: Chaatr(छात्र )(Student) is pronounced ‘chaa-tr’
ja Pronounce the ‘j’ as you would in English (ex : ‘Jade’). Pronounced as ‘ja’
Ex: Jeb (जेब )(Pocket) is pronouced as ‘jheb’
jha An aspirated version of ज ja.
Ex: Jhooth ( झूठ)(Lie) is pronounced ‘jhooth’
na Pronounced as ‘na’
Ex: Namaste(नमस्ते)(Hello) is pronounced as ‘naamastee’
End of Lesson
10 down, 23 more to go. You’ve got this. Once again it is important to practice both writing and speaking these consonants. I recommend writing out each consonant at the minimum of 10 times to get the feel of how each one is written. Have a great day everyone!