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Season 3 - Episode 7

Sounding the Sibilants

10 min - Tutorial


Anuradha takes us through the sibilants in Sanskrit. We look at their written forms, both devanagari script and the English transliterative, and explore the logic of how we make each sound using touch, sound, breath, and nasal actions.
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Mother Tongue - Season 3: Sounding and Seeing the Consonants


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Loving learning with you Anuradha
Dear Marie, Thank you for your open heart! am sOOO happy to be sharing this with you! :) Lots of luv for a lot more joyful learning of this wondrous language!
Hi Anuradha Choudry ! Loving this! I'm wondering in the palatal sa do you put the tip of your tongue on the back of the palate or do you put the back of your tongue there to make that sound? Like where it naturally wants to go?
Dear Lydia, Wonderful to have you following the classes and to know that you are enjoying the experience. For the palatal sha as in shAntih - the tip of the tongue is touching the gum behind the lower front teeth as in the sound 'eee'. Different from this is the cerebral 'Sha' where the tip of the tongue is just below the centre of the roof of the palate like in the word aShTAnga. Try this out and let me know if it's clear. Enjoy this 'brain massage' exercise with sounds :)
Thank you so much. That makes perfect sense. Much love.

श (śa) as in ईश्वर?
Here's a fun example combining the sibilants that I just learned - शिक्षा (śikṣā)
Dear steve, Yes for श (śa) as in ईश्वर? Thank you for the example of शिक्षा (śikṣā) :)

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