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Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide

The following table deals with some of the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet that may need extra attention especially for Westerners.

a apparent au outside
ā mama c chaste
i ink sing
ī email ñ bungee cord
u full bandana *
ū pool dim (actually more complicated than this but it will do for now)
rhythm * ś sure
e play shun *
ai aisle drum *
o ocean true *

* These sounds are all produced with the tongue at the roof of the mouth

Consonants followed by an “h” such as “gh” or “bh” are pronounced with more “air”.

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