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pronouncing ''ig'' at the end of words

hey guys, just wondering whether to pronounce ''ig'' at the end of words as just ''ig'' or the ich sound like in ''mich'' what's more common, i've heard both before.

April 18, 2018



News speakers and theatre actors use the "-ich" sound in the end.

But there is a wide variety in pronunciation mainly depending on region. You will hear "-ig", "-isch", "ick", and other versions.

In Northern Germany (where I live), it's a clear "-ich". In a word like "richtig" both syllables have the exact same ending sound.


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If you do a Google Image Search, there is a picture which shows a map of Germany plotting how people tend to pronounce "König". (The image is from the German StackExchange, from a discussion titled "How is the ending -ig pronounced, and where?") You'll see in the picture that there are broadly three regions:

  • In southern Germany (Bayern and Baden-Württemberg), Austria, and Switzerland, the pronunciation "-ik" prevails.

  • In two regions of Germany (approximately Rheinland-Pfalz and Sachsen), the fairly unique pronunciation "-isch" tends to be used, which strikes other Germans as singularly bizarre.

  • In the rest of Germany, "-ich" is the most common.

This is not limited to words ending in "-ig". In Hamburg, Hamburgers tend to pronounce their own city name as something like "Hamburch", which, again, strikes non-Hamburgers as strange.


I was always told it’s somewhere in between, like you wanna say ig but don’t fully commit to the hard g.


They use it both ways. Sometimes they use "...-ich", sometimes it is more like "...-ik". I was in a choir once and the conductor was very strongly in defense of the K-sound. I myself (southwest Germany) use both - in dialect it's more the -ch, in Standard German I use the "k"


As the others already have mentioned is the way of pronouncing ig in the end of a word like wenig richtig... different. In Bavaria it is often ig in hesse -isch. The reason why this is so is that Germany was never a united nation until 1871. German territories differed and were many little minor states controlled and organized by the autrian empire through the habsburgs. So there was no common german language until luther translated the bible. And it took a long time to get a german standard language. We in Germany say the people in Hannover have the clearest way of pronounciation. So they say -ch.

Names of cities are often how you write them. But last names differ. For example there are some people called Ludwig as a last name. some people are used to be called ludwich and some ludwig.

Always remember it is always ig when a consonants stands behind the g. weni-ch, wenige (plural)


I've been taught to say it like "-ich," but I've heard it spoken differently depending on dialects.

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