Alphabet - ਪਹਿਲਾ

- ਈੜੀ - eerdee - Third letter of the Gurmukhi alphabet.

Name: eerdee
Spelling: ਈੜੀ
Sound: 'e' as the 'ea' in 'pea' - see note*.
Type: Vowel
*Note: Being a vowel, it can take on a number of sounds:
  • ਇ - (very) short 'i' like the 'i' in 'kick';
  • ਈ - long 'ee' like the 'ee' in 'feel';
  • ਏ - long 'ai' like the 'ai' in 'rain';

For more information on vowels, click on the Vowels link in the main menu on the left of the page.

Mouth: For the basic 'ee' sound and largely for the others, just relax your mouth and say the 'ee' sound as in 'feel'.
Tongue: flat along bottom of mouth but with sides curved upwards to upper teeth - varies alightly according to sound
Soft Palette: not blocking nose particularly
Lips: apart in shape to make 'ee' - varies according to sound (see Vowels)
Vocal Chords: Used
Aspirated: no

Confusion: ਞ ੲ ਟ
Reading: When you first start, there is a slight chance that you might confuse ਞ with ੲ and ਟ. Remember the final stroke from the upper-left and the number of arcs.
Writing: n/a

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