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How can I remember all the Hindi letters?

Hi, everyone.

I am currently Level 5 in Hindi, Crown Level 12, but I am confused on how I can remember all the 46 letters. I don't really get the differences between them either, such as in the sound "jai" it is the "j" sound with two letters above it. It doesn't really make sense to me, can anyone please comment some strategies I can use to get used to the lines, letters, and stuff? Thanks, and sorry this was SUCH a short post! It is my first forum post ever.

-hoopymoopydoo29

April 16, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/RachelF12345

Someone gave me the link to this tinycard set a week or two ago, and it's pretty helpful. https://tinycards.duolingo.com/decks/3BAQrGWR/hindi-alphabet

April 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hoopymoopydoo29

Thank you! (take a lingot :))

April 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/MatthewHal4550

Best place to start is Garret Wilson's site. His way of explaining each letter is great and he provides easy to remember mnemonics: http://www.garretwilson.com/education/languages/hindi/devanagari/

April 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hoopymoopydoo29

Thanks so much for the site! Take a lingot.

April 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/vinay92
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The Devanagari script tutor (https://www.hindibhasha.com/) is another good resource.

What you talking about with respect to putting some symbols above 'j' to make 'jai' are consonant-vowel combinations. In the standard form, each consonant is combined to the vowel अ(a). So, ज is 'ja'. Every other vowel has a sign (called 'matra') associated with it that can be attached to the consonants to combine them with that vowel instead.

April 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hoopymoopydoo29

Thanks for the help @vinay92! take a lingot

April 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ErikaKretz

I found http://www.learning-hindi.com helpful. It has an explanation of each letter. Compares and contrasts it with similar letters. And further, includes sound clips of the letter alone, and in a word.

The order of the consonants is also a phonetic ordering; I find this "varnamala" of the Devanagari script fascinating and beautiful.

April 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/evan779576

I just started Arabic and they do an amazing job of teaching the letters and all their combos. Wish they would apply the same principles to hindi. #suggestion

July 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TomaszGole3

I recommend you making flashcards yourself. When i wrote this letters myself then later it was much easier to remember all of them. Pretty useful for me was also article about devenagari on wikibooks. (https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Devanagari)

April 18, 2019
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