Alphabet - ਪਹਿਲਾ

- ਞੰਞਾ - nYanYaa - fifteenth letter of the Gurmukhi alphabet.


Name: nYanYaa
Shape:
Spelling: ਞੰਞਾ
Sound: 'ny' as the 'ny' sound in the middle of the word 'onion' when you say it out aloud.
Other examples include: the name 'Sonia' and the word 'lasagne'.
Type: Consonant

Mouth: hold your mouth in exactly the same way that you would if you were saying the sound of the 'j' in the word 'jump'. Have your soft palette allow air to pass into your nose as you would when saying the sound 'ny' in 'onion' - ie, curved so that the front of your tongue (not the tip) touches the back of your tooth ridge.
Tongue: Curved so that the front of your tongue (not the tip) touches the back of your tooth ridge.
Soft Palette: Allowing air to pass into your nose
Lips: apart
Vocal Chords: Used
Aspirated: No

Confusion: ਞ ਵ
Reading: NYanYaa ('ਞ') be confused with Vavaa ('ਵ') when you start out but this soon goes (NYanYaa ('ਞ') is quite rare).
Writing: NYanYaa ('ਞ') be confused with Vavaa ('ਵ') when you start out but all you have to do is remember not to put in that extra dash (ਞ ਵ).

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