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Is the "g" at the end of a word pronounced "ch" or not?

Sometimes when a word ends in "g" it's pronounced "ch" like "fertig" and sometimes it's not. Is it dialect specific or is there a reason behind this?

May 22, 2017



It is dialect specific. In Germany it tends to be pronounced as 'ch', especially in nothern Germany and in formal settings. In southern Germany, especially Bavaria, it is pronounced as 'g/k', especially in informal settings. In Austria it is always 'g/k'. And I have no idea about the Swiss pronunciation.


Vielen dank. Das ist gut.


Thanks Mlynarova :-)


I think that you use CH sound in the end of words that finish with IG only, like FERTIG, TRAURIG, etc. But it is not a rule, it is just the dialect that Duolingo uses to teach. There are a lot of dialects with different accents, so it may vary.


There is a region, called Westfalia in NRW, where mostly older and not so well educated people, pronounce almost every 'g' ending word like 'ch'.

"wo kommste wech?" -> "Where are you from" "Fluchhafen" -> "Flughafen" "Berch" -> "Berg" "Burch" -> "Burg" "Tach" -> "Tag"

Just saying...


Would „Wo kommste wech?“ be „Wo kommst du her?“ in Hochdeutsch?


Yes, exactly. And I guess it sounds a bit funny to most non-Westfalian folks. :-)


That is quite funny (to me at least :P). Seeing „Wo kommste wech?“, my mind immediately puts it into Hochdeutsch as „Wo kommst du weg?“ which (as far as I know) doesn't make any sense; but might be an odd way of saying something like „Wovon rennst du?“ which has a pretty stark difference in meaning from „Wo kommst du her?“ :P


I would disagree with the fact that mostly elderly and not so well educated people speak this way; I went to a Gymnasium in northern Westphalia and I can assure you that even many of the teachers and most of the pupils that were from this region spoke like that


It's sort of in between. It's like a "ch" but more of a "j". I'd say pronounce it like a harder "ch".


As far as I know, standard pronunciation is -k for final "g" except in the ending -ig, where standard pronunciation is -ich.

So "fertig" should be "fertich", but "Weg" should be "Wehk".

Up in the north where I'm from, final -g is pronounced -ch a lot more. ("Fluchzeuch")


The rule is that word ending in '-ig' are pronounced if 'ch' and all other cases with a 'g'. This is not a dialect, but rather the correct form, but we never have German pronunciation in school (in Germany), so a lot of people don't really pay attention or know rules.

Important notes: Teig was mentioned, which technically ends in -ig, but the rule does not apply in case of a diphthong.

This is only for the end of words. König is pronounced with ch, Königreich is not (well, the -reich is, but the König is not).


I've noticed that it depends on the dialect. In the most basic form of German, it is pronounced somewhat like a "ch" but breathier. (If that makes any sense..)


I would also love to know ... thanks Sameh

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