Am I hearing the Swedish K properly?
Kött and nötkött are pronounced shoht and noht-shot respectively?
The pronunciation of K changes depending on the following vowel.
We separate the vowels into two categories, "hard" and "soft" vowels.
Hard: E, I, Y, Ä, Ö Soft: A, O, U, Å
(Doing this reminds my of the posters in my classroom in 1st grade)
K will become that "sh" sound whenever a hard vowel comes after.
- Kedja (Chain)
- Kikare (Binoculars)
- Kyckling (Chicken)
- Kärlek (Love)
- Kök (Kitchen)
All of these words have the same "sh" instead of "k" in the beginning.
This also goes for the letters C, G, and the combination SK.
- C is pronounced S when before hard vowel.
- G is pronounced J when before hard vowel
- SK is pronounced similarly to what K was above, "sh", when before vowel
I hope I did not confuse you too much, this will all come with time.
Yes you are. I was wondering the same but it actually is pronounced like that depending on the vowels https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5523440$comment_id=5523519