The transcription of the Georgian letter is k'.
 'კ' is pronounced almost like English [k] but without aspiration and with force and greater tension of organs.

Recordings:

კუ
კარი
კედელი
კბილი
უკბილო
საკბილო
კაკალი
k'u
k'ari
k'edeli
k'bili
uk'bilo
sak'bilo
k'ak'ali
tortoise; turtle
 door
wall
tooth
toothless
"for tooth", fit for food
walnut

Click here to listen:
k_f.mp3 Speaker 1
k_m.mp3 Speaker 2.

 When pronouncing the consonant 'კ', the throat is closed, the air does not come from the lugs and it is produced by a small amount of air. The back and partially the middle of the tongue touch the soft and the hard palate and produce occlusion and explosion.



The letter written or typed in this way is called k'ani.

It is traced out with one movement of the hand and is written between the three lower lines: movement of the hand begins at the upper middle line, goes downwards to the lower middle line drawing an arc from left to right, goes on downwards drawing another arc between the lower middle line and lower line and ends by drawing a semicircle from right to left with a tip slightly rounded to the right.

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Manana Kock Kobaidze & Karina Vamling
Malmoe University, Sweden