Unit 5.1

Letter: q

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Introduction

The consonant q is a uvular plosive.

Form

 The sound of q is:

Uppercase Lowercase Phonology
Q q /k/

Example

  • queen, question, squad
  • Iraq, Qatar, qwerty

Use

Q is a uvular plosive letter, in which the airflow is released all at once, since there needs to be a blocking of air between the tongue and the uvula before.

  • q is voiceless, therefore, vocal cords do not vibrate during the articulation of the consonant.

Normally, q is followed by u (qu), but there are some exceptions that recall in words with Arabic origin mostly, although there are no rules to state which ones are the exception.

 

Exercises

External link to Letter: q exercises (1211).



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