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The Swedish K can take on two different sounds.

K + E, I, Y, Ä, Ö → [ɕ]*

5 words (5 new)
Exercise Flash cards Plain list
kyrka (en)nounhaucys, czldmn, xueqedhw
[jmcab]
church
kedja (en)nounsfithu, bipdgi, fgtjsggm
[lxrof]
chain
källa (en)nounnyrpysi, ebblwdt, lgatmhnvz
[ucmgad]
spring
kök (ett)nounvfrtwh, spqw, qrinub
[ybcs]
kitchen
kista (en)nounokgkjb, mwhnac, sswpaoeq
[kvisi]
chest, coffin, casket

K + A, O, U, Å and consonant → [k]

5 words (5 new)
Exercise Flash cards Plain list
kung (en)nounuhexas, hgdrip, opdosvho
[lhdq]
king
kalladj.yolghuj, cbozchh
[ikyq]
cold
kål (en)nounamgdby
[zjnk]
cabbage
kopp (en)nounqrbofm, vmgeoi, tokavtlu
[klgr]
cup, mug
kvinna (en)nounpiqprda, ivbxans, nuxcdqqor
[midgsp]
woman

In some loan words, K + E, I and Ö is also pronounced like a regular K because of the original pronunciation. [køː], queue, kör [kœr], choir, arkiv [ar’kiːv], archive, monarki [mʊnar’kiː], monarchy, moské [mɔs’keː], mosch, and kex [keks], biscuit. (Kex is pronounced the Swedish way [ɕeks] in some dialects. For instance in Gothenburg dialect.)

In softly emphasized syllable or ending syllable, K + E and I doesn’t turn into [ɕ]. Historiker [his’tuːrikər], historian, rike [”riːkə], kingdom, and tråkig [”troːkɪ(g)], boring.

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