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Do you know the letter फ? In English pronunciations, you will see it written as “pha”. It is the aspirated version of प. Today, let us get comfortable with listening for and saying फ. Today’s lesson gives examples of फ at the beginning and middle of words, and in combination with several vowels.
How does it look?
Starts out just like प, but then the curve line extends through the verticle line and loops down. It looks like a T with a sideways S on top of it. The middle part of the S crosses the verticle bar of the T. The top part of the S touches the top line to the left of the horizontal line. The bottom of the S is on the right side of the verticle line and loops down.
How to type it?
If you are using a US English keyboard with the standard Devanagari/Hindi layout, then you would press “H”
(see “How to type in Hindi” for more information about setting up your computer.)
At the Beginning
फल – fruit
फन – snake’s expanded hood
फर्श – floor
फड़कना – to twitch
फर-फर – flapping sound
In the Middle
सफल – successful
डफली – type of Indian drum
At the End
खौफ़ – fear
साफ़ – clean
With other vowels
फाटक – gate
गुफा – cave
Hindi Consonants Bundle – March 2009 – CD 2 Track 9
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