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 च. Today, we look at the same pattern but with the second letter छ. 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 emphasize the difference. The first one has very little air. Try to say it with no air. च The second one is harder with a lot of air, छ.
After you go through today’s lesson with छ and each of the vowels, go to the other lesson on च and the vowels to practice hearing the difference.
छ् + अ = छ छत (f) roof
छ्+ आ = छा छाता (m) umbrella
छ्+ इ = छि – छिपाना – to hide, conceal (related word: छिपना – to be hidden)
छ् + ई = छी – छीलना – to skin, to peel
छ् + उ = छु – छुरी (f) knife
छ् + ऊ = छू – छूना – to touch, to feel
छ् + ऋ = छृ –
छ् + ए = छे – छेद (m) hole
छ् + ऐ = छै – छौल-छबीला silly
छ् + ओ = छो – छोटा – small
छ् + औ = छौ – छौंकना – to season
छ् + अं = छं छंद (m) poetic meter
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