The transcription of the Georgian letter is z.
 'ზ'  is pronounced like English [z] in 'zoo'.

Recordings:

ზარი
ზევით
საზომი
სიზმარი
მზე
zari
zevit
sazomi
sizmari
mze
bell
up
 measure
dream
sun

ეს არის ზაზა
ეს ზაზაა
es aris zaza
es zaza-a
this is Zaza (a name of a man)
this Zaza-is
This is Zaza.
This is Zaza.

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 When pronouncing the consonant 'ზ' the tip of the tongue is at the lower front teeth, the sides touch the hard palate, the middle part is slightly concave and tense. The top of the front part of the tongue comes closer to the upper front teeth and partially to the alveolae, creating a narrow passage. The stream of the air that passes through this opening, produces the sound 'ზ'  that, from the articulation point of view, is accompanied by a hiss.


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

It is traced out with one movement of the hand and is written between the three upper lines: movement of the hand begins midway between the upper and upper middle lines, goes upwards drawing a full circle from right to left, continues downwards, vertically and ends by drawing a full circle from left to right between the upper and lower middle lines.

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Manana Kock Kobaidze & Karina Vamling
Malmoe University, Sweden