The pronunciation of the three “S” in the Sanskrit alphabet

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In the Sanskrit alphabet there are five letters called “hissing”.

The first is pronounced palatally and is the “s” written with a tilde above, that is ś. The sound of the S resembles that of the S cerebral but is more sibilant.

Then we have a cerebral S, which is equivalent to our sh, that is ṣ.

And finally there is a dental one that corresponds to our s, that is स.

  • Manonatha Dasa


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