Essential Sanskrit Pronunciation (in Devanāgarī)
Pronounce correctly all the Sanskrit sounds; reduce to minimum your native language accent. A complete 2 hour video/audio guide to perfect Sanskrit pronunciation!
Getting familiar with the layout
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Importance of correct pronunciation
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Class 1 - अ / आ (short & long 'a')
Class 1 closeup
Assessment 1 (अ/आ) - recognise the correct pronunciation
Answers - Assessment 1
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Class 2 - i / ī (long and short 'i')
Class 3 - u / ū (long and short 'u')
Class 4 - ṛ / ṝ (long and short 'ṛ')
Class 5 - e / ai
Class 6 - o / au
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Class 7 - Anusvāra (ṁ)
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Class 8 - Visarga (ḥ)
Class 9 - Visarga in verses
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Class 10 - Ka-varga
Class 11 - Ca-varga
Class 12 - Ṭa-varga
Class 13 - Ta-varga
Class 14 - Pa-varga
Class 15 - Semivowels
Class 16 - Sibilants
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Class 17 - Anusvāra Options. Part 1 - Varga nasals
Class 18 - Anusvāra Options. Part 2 - Anunāsika
Class 19 - Visarga Options
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