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Transliterated Hindi Vowels

Hindi Alphabet Key

Most of us who teach Hindi online or in a class setting use similar key for transliterating the Hindi alphabets in English. The only thing that I do differently is to use “^”  sign, (click on shift 6 ) instead of “n” to represent nasalization. In my teaching I have found out that my students tend to say words like ‘no’ as ‘nahiin’  (नहींन ) . So wherever there is nasalization you will see the carat sign ^ on this website and I hope other websites adopt this too.  Thus I will write ‘no’ as ‘nahii^’

a  –           father (the sound of e)                                             अ

aa –         father (the sound of aa)                                            आ

i –            it, hit ( the sound of i)                                                 इ

ii –           see, keen (the sound of ee)                                        ई

u-            book, look (the sound of oo)                                        उ

uu-         cool, moon (the sound of oo)                                       ऊ

Ri-           RIpple, KRIshna, RIshi (the sound of RI)                    ॠ

e –           pay, say, bake  ( the sound of a, ay, a)                        ए

ai –          sat, bat  (the sound of a)                                               ऐ

o-            go, boat (the sound of o, oa)                                       ओ

au-         off, saw  (the sound of o,  aw)                                       औ


20 Responses to “Transliterated Hindi Vowels”

  1. rajesh said

    “I enjoyed the class on several levels. For one thing I had never tried a learning session in this format before and found it quite viable as a way to organize and deliver an interactive group session. However I think beyond the technology being ready it required a particularly skilled instructor and Anshu handled the session beautifully. I have been trying to teach myself Hindi for years and yet I found the discussion engaging because I had never had some of the very basic concepts so clearly explained before. Some of it I knew but the structure seems like it will be very valuable. I do think there is a big drawback in using the transliteration although I realize that for this approach it is absolutely necessary. The interactive CD called Hindi Guru was ultimately useless to me because of that. My opinion is Devanagari simply doesn’t lend itself well to Romanization with ascii characters but I am open to the possibility that Anshu has solved that issue. “

  2. kanu said

    How do I write Rashmi in Hindi? 🙂

  3. Hey very nice blog!!….I’m an instant fan, I have bookmarked you and I’ll be checking back on a regular….See ya 🙂

  4. Hello Matrkus,

    Dewi or Devi in Devanagari will be written as देवी

    Thx. for visiting my blog.


  5. matrkus said

    hi there,

    my girlfriends name is dewi (a common balinese name). until now i have found no sources how this name is written in hindi-letters. can you help?

    thanx in advance, markus

  6. suresh said

    Excellent piece of effort, Anshu.

    Dear संजना (Sanjna): I have written below Jai in Hindi


    tks. Suresh
    From, Chennai India , a spoken Hindi tuitor,translator,brought up in Bihar.


    cell: 91 9840643690

  7. I am frequently looking for recent blogposts in the internet about this theme. Thanx!!

  8. sanjna said

    how do i write jai in hindi

  9. AP said


    How do you say your name ?

    1. If you say it like: “SO” + “RIN” + “DER”

    “SO” (like the ‘so’ of english) + “RIN” (as in ‘rinse’ of english) + “DER” ( as in ‘under’ of english)
    Then in Devanagari your name should appear like: सोरिंदर or सोरिन्दर

    2. If you say your mum’s name as CHAN ( as in ‘chance’) + DER ( as in ‘under’) + DEE ( as in deer)
    Then your mum’s name Chanderdee : चान्देर्दी

    If the ‘a’ of Ch’A’nderdee is not major (as in ‘chun’ of chunky) then the name is written as: चंदेरदी

    3. Your last name : Tikai

    if you say it as : TI ( as in ‘timber’) + KA ( as in ‘car’) + I ( ee sound – as in ‘eat’)

    Then your last name Tikai: is टिकाई

    Note: Go to Google’s Indic transliteration site http://www.google.com/transliterate/indic and in the box that you see in the middle type your and your mum’s name as you ‘say’ it. The translitrator will show you how it should look like in ‘Devanagari script’ (or Hindi script).

    BTW: it seems your name “Soerinder” is a derivative of “Surinder” (सुरिंदर) a fairly popular name is Punjab area of India.

    Good luck.


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