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Pronounciation of kött.

If you're American, sorry for the British spellings.

Anyways, when I was doing the lesson on food, in swedish, I noticed that 'k' in kött was pronounced 'ch' or something like that.

Is that how 'k' is always pronounced or is this an exception?

February 10, 2015



K can take that sound, or a hard regular K. It depends on the following vowel.

K + e, i, y, ä, ö = Soft K

K + a, o, u, å = Hard K


Thank you so much for that!


I am not a swedish speaker, but I finished the tree, and from what I saw, it depends on the vowel coming after 'k'.

Basically, this dependency exists in many languages, English is no exception. Example:

Cat vs Cinnamon

Same letter, different pronunciation, depending on the upcoming vowel.


True, we do have the hard/soft rules as written already. Keep in mind though that Swedish has adopted many French words ( and English), and we don't really like the Q letter so they are spelt with K instead. An example is Queue - Kö, really breaks the hard/soft rules. Then we have onomatopoeic ( I hate this word ) and slang words, which also can violate the pronunciation rules; Kissekatt - ❤❤❤❤❤ cat, Kissa - pee, Kille - guy, etc.


Thank you, that really does make sense.


k is pronounced as /ɕ/ before e i y ä ö, and as /k/ otherwise.

/ɕœtː/ is the pronunciation given at Wiktionary for kött.

Check Wikipedia for some clue about ɕ.

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