The transcription of the Georgian letter is k.
'ქ' is pronounced almost English [k] in 'call'.

Recordings:

ქალი
ქალაქი
ქარი
სქელი
ქსელი
აქ
იქ
kali
kalaki
 kari
skeli
kseli
ak
ik
woman
town
wind
thick
net
here
there

ქარი ქრის.
ქალმა ქუდი მოქსოვა.
kar-i kris
kal-ma kud-i moksova
[wind-NOM blows / is blowing]
[woman-ERG hat-NOM knitted]
The wind is blowing.
The woman knitted (has knit) a hat.

Click here to listen:
kh_f.mp3 Speaker 1
kh_m.mp3 Speaker 2

Pronunciation of the consonant 'q' is accompanied by a big amount of air. The back of the tongue goew upwards, the soft palate is lowered onto it. The activity of  these two organs produce occlusion-plosion.


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

It is not traced out with one movement of the hand. It is written between the four lines: movement of the hand begins from the upper line, goes vertically down to the lower line drawing a semicircle  with a slightly rounded tip from right to left between the lower and lower middle lines. The vertical line is joined by a slightly round-headed bow at the upper middle line.

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Manana Kock Kobaidze & Karina Vamling
Malmoe University,