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Pāḷi Pronunciation

Click on the words to hear the Pāḷi pronunciation. The words are spoken by Ven. Mettavihari.


Pāḷi is the language of the Buddhist texts, which were handed down by oral tradition.

The texts may be written using any modern script, whether that is Devanagari (used for Hindi), Burmese, Sinhalese, Thai, or Roman.

For Pāḷi in Roman script, macron accents are used over long vowels, and dots below indicate dental consonants — pronounced with the tongue touching the back of the teeth.

These accented letters are included in my free Verajja Pāḷi font, which is now embedded in the site.

The word “Pāḷi” in Devanagari ScriptDevanagari

The word “Pāḷi” in Burmese ScriptBurmese