The German Consonant: K
The German letter 'k' is pronounced as in the English word 'book'. As already stated, in German there is no silent letters. Thus, English speakers might be confused a little when encountering the German 'kn' combination; as both the 'k' and the 'n' are pronounced.
Click on the examples in the table below to hear how words containing the letter 'k' are pronounced in the German language.
|Examples with Pronunciation|
|Letter 'k' in initial position|
|kaufen - to buy||Kopf - head||König - king|
|Krieg - war||Klang - tone||Küche - kitchen|
|Letter 'k' in medial position|
|Apotheke - drugstore||denken - to think||Dokument - document|
|dunkel - dark||nackt - naked||Laken - bed sheet|
|Letter 'k' in final position|
|züruck - back||Streik - strike||Glück - luck|
|blank - bright||Kalk - lime||Tabak - tobacco|
|'kn' letter combination|
|Knie - knee||Knopf - button||Kneipe - pub/bar|
As you could see, the German letter 'k' is pretty simple. Just remember that it's always pronounced, unlike in English, where it might be silent in some words.