Being a vowel, it can take on a number of sounds:
- ਅ - (very) short 'a' like the 'a' in 'pentagon';
- ਆ - long 'a' like the 'a' in 'car';
- ਐ - cross-between: 'a' like the 'a' in 'cat' and the 'e' in 'pet' - a bit like the 'ae' in 'aeroplane';
- ਔ - long 'au' like the 'au' in 'Paul';
For more information on vowels, click on the Vowels link in the main menu on the left of the page.
Note that the ਅ sound is the default sound that occurs after each of the consonant sounds of the alphabet when it appears in a word, (except the last consonant of the word which doesn't have the 'a' sound), therefore, each consonant is effectively a syllable.