Hindi has many mistakes!!!
I’m trying the Duolingo for Hindi and I keep finding a lot of mistakes with character pronunciation. I know because I’ve studied a little before and because my boyfriend is from India and speaks fluent Hindi.
I’m still confused because my boyfriend says those pronunciations are opposite!! Now, he’s no expert so I’ll have to check a text book I have at home. But also I’m confused because isn’t the romanization of ऐ “ai” so it would make more sense if it was pronounced “ay” not like “eh” in meh
When ऐ is written as “ai," that's how you're pronouncing the name of the letter on its own, sounds a bit like अई, however when used in words, it does sound like "meh." Look up pronunciations for the words मैं, है, बैठना, ऐसा, etc. There are probably some youtube videos explaining pronunciation
That used to confuse me too. It would be helpful if Hindi learning resources acknowledged some of these differences.
Also, this is what wikipedia says about it:
"The standard educated Delhi Hindustani pronunciations [ɛː, ɔː] commonly have diphthongal realizations, ranging from [əɪ] to [ɑɪ] and from [əu] to [ɑu], respectively, in Eastern Hindi varieties and many non-standard Western varieties."