The transcription of the Georgian is o.
'ო' is pronounced almost like English [o] in 'dog'.

Recordings:

ორი
გორი
ორმო
ხორცი
ori
gori
ormo
xorci
two
Gori (a place name)
pit; hole
meat

გოგო გორიდან მოვიდა
gogo gor-idan movida
girl Gori-from came
The girl came from Gori.

Click here to listen:
o_f.mp3 Speaker 1
o_m.mp3 Speaker 2

When pronouncing the vowel 'ო' the lips are slightly rounded and weakly active. There is a rather big resonance area between the pharynx wall and the back part of the tongue. The tip of the tongue is slightly retracted from the front teeth. The upper part of the back of the tongue touches the end of the hard palate, the sides of the tongue touch the wisdom teeth and partially the area of the second couple  of the molar teeth.


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

It is traced out with one movement of the hand and is written between the middle lines: movement  of the hand begins from the lower middle line, goes upwards ovally at the upper middle line, drawing two semicircles close together from left to right and ends at the lower middle line.

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Manana Kock Kobaidze & Karina Vamling
Malmoe University, Sweden