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Problematic listening exercise - श and ष

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Are we supposed to distinguish श and ष in the listening exercise when these two letters sound basically identical in modern Hindi?

April 30, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/srvstv94starlord

Hi AngeCI, in hindi both श and ष have same sound. When you're saying श, your tounge touches the skin-part below your lower teeths. While saying ष, your tounge touches skin-part above upper teeths


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/srvstv94starlord

You'll understand the sound when you try to pronounce both श and ष, like mentioned in 1st comment


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AngeCI
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This doesn't help. What I want is someone disabling this question. I've just met a question to differentiate between श and ष, and I got it wrong.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ClassicDuo

You're not alone with this problem and knowing how each are pronounced does nothing to help! If they sound exactly the same when heard through headphones/speakers, how is one supposed to differentiate them?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itsmeyash31

There is no pronunciation difference between the two letters. Earlier, they used to be pronounced differently but the modern pronunciation has converged to श so both ष and श are pronounced like श. I am a native. I was never taught any difference between these two sounds.

If you are familiar with Latin American Spanish, it is the same case with the use of "z" and "s". They both are pronounced the same. One must learn the spellings individually in most cases.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JerryCurry3

Agreed.

If there's anyone who can hear the difference in Duolingo's audio samples for श and ष, please tell me I'm wrong. But as far as I can tell, the same audio sample is used for both. If they're supposed to sound different, then one of them is wrong. If they're supposed to sound the same, then when one is the expected answer on a multiple-choice question, the other should be accepted as well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itsmeyash31

There is no pronunciation difference between the two letters. Earlier, they used to be pronounced differently but the modern pronunciation has converged to श so both ष and श are pronounced like श. I am a native. I was never taught any difference between these two sounds.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Witcher2019

Oh. Thanks for that explanation!

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