घ + vowels

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Remember the vowels:

अ आ इ ई उ ऊ ऋ ए ऐ ओ औ अं

Last week we looked at how these vowels mix with the first consonant ग.  Today, we look at the same pattern but with the second letter घ.  These two consonants sound very, very similar.  But they make different sounds for a Hindi speaker.  In order to get the sound right, we need to over emphesize the difference.  The first one has very little air.  Try to say it with no air. ग  The second one is harder with a lot of air, घ.

After you go through today’s lesson with घ and each of the vowels, go to the other lesson on ग and the vowels to practice hearing the difference.

घ् + अ  = घ   example:  घर (m) house

घ्+ आ = घा   घाट (m) river steps, bank, landing-place 

घ्+ इ = घि    घिरना to be surrounded

घ् + ई = घी    घी (m) ghee –clarified butter

घ् + उ = घु   घुटना (m) knee

घ् + ऊ =  घू      घूमना to turn

घ् + ऋ  = घृ      घृणा (f) hatred

घ् + ए =  घे   घेरना to surround

घ् + ऐ = घै      

घ् + ओ = घो घोड़ा (m) horse

घ् + औ = घौ  घौद (m) cluster of bananas

घ् + अं = घं    घंटा (m) hour


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