The transcription for the Georgian letter is b.
is pronounced like English [b] in baby.

    Recordings

ბუ
ბებია
ბამბა
ბუმბული
ობობა
აი ბებია
აი ობობა
bu
bebia
bamba
bumbuli
oboba
ai bebia
ai oboba
owl
grandmother
cotton
feather
spider
here is grandmother
here is a spider

Click here to listen:
b_f.mp3Speaker 1
b_m.mp3 Speaker 2

When pronouncing the consonant , the lips are joined together blocking the air passage. The air coming from the lungs and processed in the vocal cords bursts the lips open. The upper part of the tongue is tense, the front and the middle parts are lowered down, the tip is slightly retracted from the lower front teeth, the back part is raised up.


    The letter written or typed in this way is called bani.

    It is traced out with one movement of the hand and is written between the three  upper lines:
movement of the hand begins at the upper line, goes downwards vertically, after drawing a small section continues across to the right, slightly inclined, then goes downwards vertically up to the upper middle line and ends by drawing a full circle from right to left between the upper and lower middle lines.

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Manana Kock Kobaidze & Karina Vamling
Malmoe University, Sweden