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Pronunciation of "k" in Swedish

SwiftySlasher
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I have listened to the pronunciation of words in Swedish with a "k" in it and it sounds like a "sh" sound. Is this the correct pronunciation? If not, how do I pronounce it?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Janpot
Janpot
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Just as Landsend, said.

But there are a few exceptions and also personal preference, some K that should be soft are sometimes pronounced as hard K.

Kelter (Celts) is usually pronounce with a hard K

Ketchup is usually pronounced with a hard K

Kex (cookie) is usually pronounce with a hard K

etc

Fortunately the exceptions aren't too many and most of them refer to loanwords.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joel__W
Joel__W
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The pronunciation of "kex" can get you into some heated debates in Sweden though...

3 years ago

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landsend
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Only before soft vowels e, i, y, ä, ö; otherwise it is a hard [k].

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kememmotar

As previous have said.

"arkitekt" is also en exception, some people pronounce it with a hard k, others with a "sh"-sound.

"arkebusering" is a hard k.

3 years ago
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