When a Sanskrit word is written using English letters, it is called transliteration. Since the set of vowels and consonants in Sanskrit are different from those of English, reading transliterated Sanskrit can be a challenge. The following tips and techniques will help you read transliterated Sanskrit, and help you get an idea of how it should be pronounced.

Before you begin
It is very useful to take a moment and clear your mind of any notions of how to pronounce a transliterated Sanskrit word. Just focus on the word in front of you and try not to lengthen vowels or stress a syllable based on past habits or other influences.