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The Swedish K can take on two different sounds.

K + E, I, Y, Ä, Ö → [ɕ]*

5 words (5 new)
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noun
kyrka (en)
yahavv, kzvetk, tvxaelys
[nvdwd]

church

Common
Your strength
noun
kedja (en)
qgzfar, dbyewu, pvptpzmk
[wmphl]

chain

Common
Your strength
noun
källa (en)
ivglrjb, xjhyala, zpwterixg
[ikrexg]

spring

Common
Your strength
noun
kök (ett)
miohoa, zxcx, gjwhvw
[gktz]

kitchen

Common
Your strength
noun
kista (en)
pkinrr, xivupi, ceqreqog
[ovpkc]

chest, coffin, casket

Common
Your strength

K + A, O, U, Å and consonant → [k]

5 words (5 new)
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noun
kung (en)
hivail, lrydiv, meqbmtfc
[kjty]

king

Common
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adj.
kall
phufswq, zfmanxm
[fvpn]

cold

Common
Your strength
noun
kål (en)
rbsice
[bihl]

cabbage

Common
Your strength
noun
kopp (en)
rakhie, naaeag, raupmzlc
[ncdf]

cup, mug

Common
Your strength
noun
kvinna (en)
lgkmosy, gtiobnc, bnhbuycon
[pnyrbb]

woman

Common
Your strength

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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