The transcription of the Georgian letter is dz. When the sequence dz denotes two different sounds, d and z, a dot is used between them (e. g. in the word "xid.ze" d and z are transcriptions of the two different letters and ზ).
'ძ' is pronounced almost like English [dz] in 'beds' [bedz].

Recordings:
 



ძილი
ძალა
ძროხა
მძიმე
რძე
dzili
dzala
dzroxa
mdzime
rdze
sleep
strength; force
cow
heavy
milk

 


ძაღლმა ძვალი მოძებნა
dzagl-ma dzval-i / modzebna
[dog-ERG bone-NOM / has looked for, has found]
A dog has found a bone.

Click here to listen:
dz_f.mp3 Speaker 1
dz_m.mp3 Speaker 2

When pronouncing the consonant 'ძ' the tip of the tongue is set against the upper front teeth. The top of the front part of the tongue touches the alveolae.


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

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 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