Letter Focus – य

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Today we look at the letter

In English we write this as ya

In today’s lesson, we look at this letter and the sound it makes in a variety of words. Practice hearing this word at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of words. Also, hear it pronounced with several different matras/vowels.

How does it look?

Line across the top, with a capital cursive Y that touches the line at the top, and has a curve on the left that comes out a bit, and on the right a straight, full length verticle line.

How to type it?

If you are using a US English keyboard with the standard Devanagari/Hindi layout, then you would press “/”


At the Beginning

यह – this

यश – glory

यम – name of the god who judges and punishes the dead

यमन – the country Yemen

यज्ञ – sacrifice

यमुना – name of a river in India

In the Middle

नियम – rule

नियति – destiny

At the End

समय – time

जय – victory

अजय – boy’s name

चाय – tea

With other vowels

नियुक्त – to appoint

दिया – small lamp

काया – body

खाया – ate

छाया – shadow

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