Ķ ķ -- the soft k

The symbol ķ (which is supposed to look like the letter k with a comma underneath -- if this is not what it looks like, see below) is a Latvian letter known as a soft k. It is an unvoiced consonant pronounced by flipping the top of the tongue off the roof the mouth. According to the International Phonetic Association the sound is an unvoiced palatal plosive, having IPA symbol c. It can be approximated in standard English by the initial consonant in the word tune. (However, some dialects of English pronounce tune as if it were toon or choon, in which case the approximation is not that good. ;-) )

Does ķ look like ? or ǩ? or ߁?

(A technical explanation.)

The following are special decorated letters used in the Latvian language:

ĀČĒĢĪĶĻŅŖŠŪŽ āčēģīķļņŗšūž

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