How to say: Qana
A guide to words and names in the news, from Lena Olausson of the BBC Pronunciation Unit.
"Today's name is the Lebanese village Qana, pronounced KAA-nuh. The letter Q is a uvular consonant, a sound which does not exist in English. We always anglicise the Q in names like al-Qaeda, al-Aqsa, Umm Qasr etc. to a K sound."
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