In a sense, Hindi pronunciation is actually quite refreshing for most beginners. One thing’s for sure. Its difficulty level is certainly overrated. However, there are still enough quirks to trip you up if you aren’t careful. Therefore, as always, we want to remind you that the very best way to learn to pronounce any new language correctly is to listen to people doing so on a repeated basis and then try to repeat what you are hearing. However, we must emphasize at this point that it’s important to make sure that the native speakers you’re listening to (and mimicking) are themselves pronouncing the words in their own language correctly. Believe it or not, mispronunciations are just as common amongst native speakers of other languages (including Hindi) as they are amongst native speakers of English.
When you’re listening to those fluent native speakers in your efforts to master Hindi pronunciation, there are certain things in particular that you should be listening for. For instance, it’s a good idea to focus particularly on the consonants that differ in pronunciation between English and Hindi, as well as the few sounds in Hindi which don’t exist at all in the English language. After all, one of the things that makes this language so easy to learn is the fact that so many of its consonants are pronounced so similarly to their corresponding consonants in the English language. Therefore, focusing on the differences will target your learning in such a way as to make sure that you learn the language in as short an amount of time as possible.
One of the differences between Hindi pronunciation and that of the English language is that in Hindi, there are two different “T” sounds. One of them is a retroflex sound, and one of them is a dental sound. The retroflex sound is pronounced while the tongue is touching the roof of the mouth at a point which is further back than it would be if you were pronouncing the English sound. The dental sound, on the other hand, is pronounced with the tongue touching the roof of the mouth at a point which is further forward.
Especially after that last paragraph, we feel as though we should pause to offer you a word of encouragement. When you’re learning Hindi pronunciation, (or that of any other language, for that matter), you might be tempted to give up at some point. Don’t. With adequate practice, anyone can learn to speak any language fluently.