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"Hello, thank you"

Translation:नमस्ते, धन्यवाद

July 22, 2018



I keep getting dinged for typos when I literally cannot meld 2 letters together typing on my phone- does anyone know how to meld letters on an iPhone?


Type the symbol् after the first letter. This indicates that the consonant stands alone without the default अ vowel.


There is the halant ("a diacritic used in most writing systems of the Indian subcontinent to signify the lack of an inherent vowel") that looks like this: ्. It can be used to combine letters. E.g., ध न ् य व ा द combines to: धन्यवाद.

On my keyboard Devanagari QWERTY the halant is bound to f, but this can differ.


I my keyboard there is a bottom with a lot of thiny letters, when I touch it, appears all Tha melted letters. I use SwiftKey keyboard and downloaded the hindi package.


I first encountered this asking me for the Hindi and previously never got a pronounced Hindi asking me for the English. I can already sort of decipher Devanagari, but it's a little overwhelming having this thrown at you without prior instruction.


You can prompt duolingo to display suggestions.


Same. Met it in a practice session, and I had only met नमस्ते and धन्यवाद once, in the same practice session! A little frustrating, but it’ll stick eventually.


"Namaste dhan'yavāda" is what I find online. Does anyone know what the apostrophe after "n" means? I guess it might me that the stress falls on the subsequent vowel; however, I had believed that stress always falls on long vowels in Sanskrit (and the subsequent vowel isn't the long vowel here)?

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Basically, it is telling you where to break the syllables. धन्यवाद is pronounced dhan-ya-vād (dhan-ya-vā-da in Sanskrit) as opposed to dha-nya-vād

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