Hindi: झ़

MonsieurGonzalito

Senior Member
Castellano de Argentina
Friends,

Does the letter झ़
झ़ - विकिपीडिया
have any entity at all in Hindi?
It is supposed to represent the phoneme /ʒ/ in words like "television", and be the Devanagari counterpart of Urdu's "Persian Zhe" (ژَ) in a handful of words like Zhaala(h) = "dew, sleet" or aZhadaa = "pthon, dragon", (and maybe one or two more meaning "the eyelids", I believe).
But I always see it in Devanagari replaced by ज ज़ when spelling foreign words (incidentally, never by the झ it is supposed to resemble).

Recently, an educated Hindi speaker even plainly told me that "that letter doesn't exist".
 
  • Qureshpor

    Senior Member
    Panjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    Friends,

    Recently, an educated Hindi speaker even plainly told me that "that letter doesn't exist".
    S/he is most likely to be right. I can only envisage it being used to convey the ژ sound as in television when teaching Urdu, Persian or English through the medium of Devanagari alphabet.

    The word you have in mind is aZhdahaa.

    (Eyelashes would be miZhgaaN)
     

    Gop

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    S/he is most likely to be right. I can only envisage it being used to convey the ژ sound as in television when teaching Urdu, Persian or English through the medium of Devanagari alphabet.

    The word you have in mind is aZhdahaa.

    (Eyelashes would be miZhgaaN)
    :thank you:
     

    Alexu

    Senior Member
    Russian
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    Qureshpor

    Senior Member
    Panjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    Friends,

    Does the letter झ़
    झ़ - विकिपीडिया
    have any entity at all in Hindi?
    It is supposed to represent the phoneme /ʒ/ in words like "television", and be the Devanagari counterpart of Urdu's "Persian Zhe" (ژَ) in a handful of words like Zhaala(h) = "dew, sleet" or aZhadaa = "pthon, dragon", (and maybe one or two more meaning "the eyelids", I believe).
    But I always see it in Devanagari replaced by ज ज़ when spelling foreign words (incidentally, never by the झ it is supposed to resemble).

    Recently, an educated Hindi speaker even plainly told me that "that letter doesn't exist".
    Perhaps you could ask the moderators to merge your thread and this one as the topic is the same for both.

    Devanagari script: additional signs (see especially #5)
     
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