salaam 'alayk, Ibn Durayd, in his dictionary (10th century) says that the pronunciation of Qaaf as Gaaf is an acceptable variant in Arabiyyah. This is mentioned in Haywood's new arabic grammar. Unfortunately Arabic is not spoken as a native language anywhere. The arabs have lost it. they would prefer speaking English or French to each other rather than Arabic..in fact they deride it. they prefer using their ugly and hideous dialects (which they deceivingly term as 'arabi' and give real Arabic the term 'fuSHa'.). E.g most of them cannot pronounce Jiim - they think it's like the 's' in 'pleasure'. it is the a'aajim who are proud of Arabic. They laugh at us for speaking Arabic, we pity them for speaking an excremental language they have the gall to call 'arabic'. wa salam alayk.