တိုင်လာ Tyler 郝樂
Ejective consonants

I've recently started learning the Georgian language. As expected I am having considerable difficulty pronouncing the ejective consonants. While I realize that the true difficulty will be with the grammar of Georgia, I want to really focus on correct pronunciation in the beginning.


Any suggestions on how to pronounce these sounds?

Mar 19, 2017 7:31 PM
Comments · 6
That would be great. I can definitely help you with English as well.
March 23, 2017
One thing you can do is practice. Listening often one word and repeat.
November 7, 2017

They're very 'throaty'.

For example, when you say ყ, it is pronounced very far back.

If you say კ, an unaspirated ქ, you can tell it's at the front. If you do that from further back you should be able to produce a sound like ყ.

I really don't know how I do it anymore haha.

The whole point of consonants like 'ყ' is that you actually stop the airflow coming out of your mouth. There's no air coming out. And that the thing like, 'stops'.


It's a hard sound to master but I think you can do it :)
The best way is just to do it with a native speaker. When I first started Georgian I had lots of trouble with ხ, ღ, and ყ but as I practiced with my friend (who is Georgian) it just came easily to me. That's the best advice I can give.

Good luck with your Georgian!

August 3, 2017
Yes, I have read that before as well. I have "caught" myself making ejectives as well as many other "interesting" sounds before in speech but this is very different from being able to produce them intentionally in speech. It seems though at least for now I can get by by being very deliberate to at least make the aspirated versions as aspirated as possible and the ejectives just unaspirated stops.
March 26, 2017
But in English there are 3 ejective consonants. The sounds /p/, /t/ and /k/ are ejectives in stressed syllables, aren't they? You're used to pronounce those sounds.
March 23, 2017
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တိုင်လာ Tyler 郝樂
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Arabic (Levantine), English, Hebrew, Italian, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
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Arabic (Levantine), Hebrew, Italian, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish