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Cannot distinguish audio of श (s'a) and ष (s.a)

I cannot tell these apart at all. That said, I can't on Google Translate either - which anglicises them both as 'sh'.

I assume they are intended to sound subtly different, at least in some accents, since they have different diacritics - but I'm not familiar with them to know how that should make them sound.

Can anyone help? Cheers.

July 22, 2018



Although there technically is still a difference (ष is retroflex as opposed to श) in reality the vast majority of Hindi speakers pronounces them exactly the same; I wouldn't worry about it too much.



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