hi i was wondering how to spell 'prema' phonetically.
it is a sanskrit word, pronounced 'pre ma' .sounding like if you were to say REM sleep, "rem" with a 'p' sound before and with "ma" at the end... "pre ma".
(by phoentically i mean the upside down e's and ae joined symbols...
Last edited by Raymott; 17-Jul-2009 at 18:13.
My vote is for: /'prε ma/ as the digraph Ray has represents a sound that is peculiar to English (/æ/ as in hat) but I haven't heard it in any Indian languages. Note that we may only use "e" to represent /ε/ in English... in the true IPA they represent /e/ as in été (Fr.) and /ε/ as in hen.
The following has /æ:/ for ऐ and /e/ for ए
Last edited by Raymott; 18-Jul-2009 at 23:18.
Hmm, that's entirely possible. In any case, the OP thinks he heard the vowel from REM which is likely to be /ε/. Thanks for the Hindi info, I didn't know they had that vowel. I wonder if it's actually pronounced more like the French /ɑ/ because that's the only vowel close to it my ear has heard in the Hindi of my Hindi speaking friends. Mind you, they were both born in London, so ....