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Am I hearing the Swedish K properly?

Kött and nötkött are pronounced shoht and noht-shot respectively?

November 17, 2014

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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.

November 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

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

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sartreee

Oh okay, thanks for linking me :D

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/G0108

varsågod

November 17, 2014
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