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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elfulton2

Listening for श vs. ष

I can match श and ष to the correct transliterations, and I think I have studied enough (through non-Duolingo resources) to understand how they are produced differently. I have looked up other audio examples of IPA /ʂ/ (श, śa), and it does sound different than /ʃ/ (ष, ṣa) to me. I have also been working hard on saying them correctly myself.

. . . yet I have a very difficult time telling them apart by ear in the Duolingo examples! When practicing the lessons letters, I can play examples of both back to back, and each one sounds exactly the same. Does anyone have tips?

October 9, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnushkaBen1

Hi elfulton2! They do tend to sound the same, but have that little sound difference which is hard to catch..so I would recommend listening to sentences or phrases with these alphabets in them..or even words would work.

Just a quick fun fact- in fact, my name is 'Anushka' and in Hindi it uses the alphabet 'ष'- here's how you write my name in Hindi- 'अनुष्का'

Hope this helps!


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

I agree, the Duolingo श and ष sound exactly the same.


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

I found a resource today that helped me discern the difference in pronunciation between श and ष here: https://www.boltidictionary.com/en/hindi_alphabet


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dave177176

same...can't hear any difference, but it is easy to hear the difference when you hear a real speaker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxyDtRLd1I4

There were a couple others that I thought were also identical, but I haven't come across them in a while...it was a pair with the "u" sound

[edit] I found the other pair I was referring to above: चु and चू

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