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MORE ON ‘KHe’
5.3.1: The sound of ‘KHe’
Let’s take another look at the letter ‘KHe’ now:
Above: The letter ‘KHe’
It is very important in spoken Urdu to pronounce 'KHe' correctly. Its sound is often mistaken with the ‘kh’ (ख) sound as in the words “KHyber”, “khadi” etc. However, it isn’t so. Listen carefully to the two sounds below to understand the difference:
Above: Difference between the sounds of 'KH' and 'kh'
Hear the difference? This distinction is very important. Wrongly pronouncing a word containing a ‘KHe’ can completely change its meaning and make it mean quite the opposite of what is intended. Look at the examples below:
Above: Various examples illustrating the difference created by the usage of ‘KH’ vs ‘kh’
It is of utmost importance that ‘KHe’, in a word, be pronounced correctly. It is strongly advised for you to practice this regularly in the company of someone who is fluent in its correct pronunciation.
And now, let’s move on to creating new words with these letters we’ve just learnt!