Learn Sanskrit: A short quiz on identifying the Aksharas
Welcome to the Akshara Quiz. This is a basic exercise
in identifying the vowels, consonants and simple CV combinations
in the Devanagari Script. The first lesson would have given you
an idea of the Devanagari script and the three subsequent ones
some experience in reading Sanskrit text.
An Akshara will be displayed below.
you will have to identify the same by typing in its representation
in Roman. The chart at right may be used as a reference for
selecting the Roman letter. The displayed akshara has been
selected at random. It is likely that repetitions occur.
Please refer to the chart at right which maps
the vowels and consonants of Sanskrit to equivalent Roman
letters. The mapping is arranged to conform to the sequences
of vowels and consonants discussed in the introductory lesson.
When you answer the quiz, type in the appropriate letter
in the text box associated with the submit button.
This simple method obviates
the need for sophisticated data entry methods for Indian languages
on a web interface. The chart displays information in terms of the
groups the aksharas are classified. This should help as well.
This first part of the quiz relates only to
vowel identification. The selection box below allows you to
select consonants or consonant-vowel combinations for subsequent
You should be familiar with the Devanagari script
to take this quiz. The Devanagari script is discussed at length
in the introductory lesson.
a A i I u U !
E W O w @ # q
k K g G H
c C j J M
z Z f F N
t T d D n
p P b B m
y r l v
S x s h
Please note that
this scheme is specific to this quiz. There are several schemes
(e.g., ITRANS) that are popular on the web which could have
been used. The advantage here is that by and large only one
letter is used per akshara and it also happens that the IITM software uses
this mapping for data entry.