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Season 6 - Episode 8

Combining Consonants

5 min - Tutorial


Anuradha gives us a recap of our journey into the wonders of Sanskrit. In this next part we are going to see how consonants combine with neighboring consonants. She suggests having paper, a pen, and the Sanskrit alphabet nearby as we dive in.
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Namaste friends. I hope you've been enjoying this journey into the world of Sanskrit. We've learnt thus far how to sound the letters, we then went into writing of the letters to see what those sounds look like individually first, so every letter independently. Then we went into combining them. So we combined some consonants with vowels and we saw what that sounded like.

So we had the k, the ka, the ki, the ki etc with all the 16 vowels. In the next part of the journey, we are going to see how consonants combine with neighboring consonants. We will see that the way in which these letters combine with each other can happen in quite fascinating ways. In fact, it almost reminds me, it's like the way humans interact with each other, with their neighbors and sometimes it's a loving relationship, sometimes it is a relationship of sacrifice where you have to give up something to combine with the other. Sometimes you undergo a complete transformation.

If you want to make the most out of this practice, I suggest that you keep a paper and a pen together and if you can, get hold of the alphabet sheet where you see all the 52 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet. That would help you understand the different kind of classifications I talk about and I really recommend that when I invite you to write, that you practice along with it. This has been a really interesting journey. It's very heartening for me to get your feedback and to know that you are enjoying it as well. Let's stay with it together and let's discover the wonders that Sanskrit has to offer us.

Thank you.


Sharon H
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Great to see you here again.
Anuradha Choudry
Thank you Sharon for looking out for me :)
Kate M
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Love the analogy of consonant combinations and human relations!
Anuradha Choudry
Thank you Kate for sharing your appreciation :)
Sva Djhaya
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Anuradha Choudry
Sva Djhaya, Astu dhanyavAdah - the Sanskrit equivalent for 'you are welcome'. Literally meaning, 'May your wishes of being dhanya (wealthy/blessed) come true!' :)

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