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Ka༼ ཀ་ ༽

Updated: Feb 25

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🙊 Non Aspirated

🔻 High Tone


Ka is purple because it's a non aspirated and high tone.



kinda looks like icicles doesn't it?


The four vowels

There are four vowels which can be attached to a consonant and they are:


ཀི ཀུ ཀེ ཀོ

Ka + vowels

Let's look at how the pronunciation

of changes with each vowel.


vowel Vocab

Here are some vocabulary

words with each vowel.


རྐ ལྐ སྐ


These letters go above the root letter.

can attach to all three superscripts.

Although they are spelled differently,

these letters are pronounced the same.


Stroke order

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The སྐ in བོད་སྐད changes

it's pronunciation

to སྐེ due to the suffix .

Here's a cool song where

you can hear བོད་སྐད.


ཀྲ ཀྱ ཀླ ཀྭ


These letters go below the root letter.

can attach to all four subscripts.

Subscripts usually change the sound

of the letter they are attached to.

See how rata, yata, and lata affect the

pronunciation, while wazur does not.


Stroke order

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Although there is an R in Trashi,

the R is very subtle.

ཀྱི & ཀྱེ

When ཀྱ is attached to a gigu

or drengbu it will usually

retain the K sound.


Notice how ཀླ in ཀླ

is pronounced as le?

This is because it is suffixed by .


Ka + Prefix

Prefixes are silent letters that

come before the root letter.

is usually prefixed by these letters:

Even though and

look different than ,

they're all pronounced the same.


Prefix vocab



"Did you say Kira!?"


"Okay, well if women in Bhutan
wear kira, what do the men wear?"

Good question!


That's right!

Men in Bhutan wear གོ.


vocab builder

Here are some additional

vocabulary words that are

associated with the letter .

The key words in this video are:

ཀོ་པི & ཀེ་བ

See how many words we could

make from just two root words?

Did you notice how the ཀོབ་ in ཀོབ་ཆུང​ kinda sounds similar ​ཀོ་པི. I think the changed to because is not one of the original jenju, so in order to capture the final "p/b" consonant sound, we have to add as a suffix.



Now that we learned how

the letter works,

let's try writing it in the

Uchen, Jotshum, and Ume script.


(Dzongkha & Tibetan)

ཀི ཀུ ཀེ ཀོ

རྐ ལྐ སྐ

ཀྲ ཀྱ ཀླ ཀྭ



ཀི་་ ཀུ ཀེ ཀོ

རྐ ལྐ སྐ

ཀྲ ཀྱ ཀླ ཀྭ



ཀི ཀུ ཀེ ཀོ
རྐ ལྐ སྐ
ཀྲ ཀྱ ཀླ ཀྭ


This is everything you need to know about the letter .

Make sure that as you practice your

handwriting with the resources

above so that you can impress

everyone with your Dzongkha skills.


Don't forget!

Spelling in Dzongkha is incredibly important and considered by many to be one of the hardest parts about learning the language. When studying, try to make it a habit to spell the words aloud like we did in the videos.

Quiz time!

Literally the two words that

no one enjoys hearing.

Don't worry, we prepared some

flashcards for you to practice

what you learned in this lesson.

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Relax, its not graded,
but if you don't score well..


If you have any questions regarding anything in this lesson, please reach out to me on Instagram.

See you in the next lesson!

བཀའ་དྲིན་ཆེ་ལགས། ~
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