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5 most mispronounced Marathi words

These commonly spoken Marathi words can be mispronounced by the new learner!

India the land of Diversity

India is one of the few countries in the world that can boast such a marvellous cluster of dialects, each shaped by centuries of native culture and evolution. Indeed, the diversity of India’s languages and cultures lends the country a sense of mystique.

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There are several reasons why you may want to learn a language: you may be planning a trip and need to learn the local language, you may be studying or working in another state, you may want to learn the authentic cuisine of the state, or you might fall in love with someone who speaks a different regional language.

Whatever the case may be, it's important to understand that learning any language involves four major aspects: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. And one of the main aspects of speaking a language is the correct pronunciation. Since almost all regional languages are related to each other at the root level, some words in different languages seem similar to one another. This often leads to mispronunciation of certain words.

Commonly mispronounced Marathi words

Marathi shares close proximity to the Hindi language. Many Marathi words seem similar to Hindi words, but the diction and pronunciation are different. Due to this, non-Marathi speakers often mispronounce several Marathi words. Marathi has several words that have become vernacular, however, some of them are mispronounced or misunderstood when they are spoken or heard.

Here are some popular words in the Marathi language which are generally mispronounced and how they should be pronounced:

  • The ‘la’   sound of Hindi is pronounced asa’ in Marathi but people new to Marathi language continue to use the ‘la’ sound that they are accustomed to. For instance:
  1. kamaḷकमळ: It means lotus but is often mispronounced as kamalrather than Kamaḷ
  2. haḷada हळद: It means turmeric and is often mispronounced as haldi rather than haḷada
  • phanasa फणस:  It means jackfruit and should be pronounced as phanasa but generally mispronounced as fanas
  • jnāna ज्ञान: It means knowledge and should be pronounced as Jnāna but is often mispronounced as gyan
  • phaḷē फळे: It means fruits and should be pronounced as Phaḷē but is often mispronounced as fale

Fun fact: Doorchitravani is the correct word for television in Marathi. But people often called it Doordarshan. However, Doordarshan is a T.V. channel and not the Marathi word for Television.

About Marathi language

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Marathi is one of the 22 officially recognised languages that add flavour to India’s diverse language map. It is a member of the Indo-Aryan language family, derived from Sanskrit and Prakrit. It is predominantly spoken in Maharashtra and Goa states of Western India. With over 90 million speakers in India, it is the third most spoken native language after Hindi and Bengali.

It is one of the easiest regional languages to learn since it is closely related to Hindi. By learning the Devanagari script, you will be able to read and write Marathi. Knowing Marathi can give you a deeper understanding of the customs, traditions, art, literature, and history of Maharashtra and the Marathi community, ultimately making you more connected to them.

Well, when it is so much you can avail from the language then why not learn Marathi to speak like a native.

How to learn spoken Marathi in thirty days?

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Having decided that it is time to learn Marathi without making any pronunciation mistakes and as fast as possible, you realized that learning a new language can be anything but fast. However, the task could be simplified if the learner selects the correct platform and medium of learning.Here the Language Curry app comes in handy. It just not only allows you to learn Marathi through Hindi or English but is super easy and fun with its beginner-friendly content, without spending a penny. You can 'tap to listen' to understand the correct pronunciation AND you can 'Repeat' the word so that the Language Curry App can check your diction!  Check out below, page 4/17 of chapter 1 of the Marathi lesson on the App.

Invest 5 minutes of your time each day, read lessons, solve exercises and voila, you will soon be able to interact with your Marathi neighbours and local vendors and can impress your friends.

Maga tumhī kaśācī vāṭa pāhata āhāta? Phakta surū karā!!!! (So, what are you waiting for? Just get started!!!!) Download now :)

Happy Learning!!!!

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