Definitely exists a difference between the three S
So I have been seeing some posts about this question and the responses that were given were not satisfactory at all. First of all the alphabets of Hindi and sañskrit are almost same and there are three types of s. The dental स् s sounds like s in 'sin' The celebral ष् is like sh in shun While the palatal श् is pronounced midway between the two, being the sibilant pronounced in the same place as the German 'ich'.
Ahhh, that helps because DuoLingo pronunciation makes श् and ष् sound identical! (At least I cannot hear the difference)
I have a couple questions if you could indulge me:
I have come to understand ष् is hardly used in modern Hindi, is this correct? When might I encounter it?
What about क्ष? The linguistic description on DuoLingo is 'ksh' but sounds very similar to ष् to me. Is their a difference? (This did not come up in the original alphabet lessons, but has been introduced in the course after learning basic words and phrases)