In this lesson, we will learn how to pronounce /k/ sound in English. Learn how to articulate the /k/ consonant and then practise it in words that are spelt with the letter ‘k’. This lesson is Part Three of Four on the /k/ sound.
Let’s refresh how to make a /k/ sound…
How to Pronounce /k/ Articulation
- /k/ and /g/ are articulated in the same place.
- /k/ is an unvoiced consonant: you hear the sound of air being released.
- /k/ is a stop consonant: the flow of air is temporarily blocked before it is released.
- /k/ is a velar consonant, which means the sound is made by making contact with the soft palate (the roof of the mouth towards the back).
When the tongue taps the soft palate, a closure is formed with the sides of the upper back teeth. This closure creates pressure, producing either a /k/ or /g/ consonant when it is released. The /k/ consonant is released with an air sound, whereas the /g/ consonant is released with vibrations.
As you practise the articulation of /k/, try to feel the sides of your tongue, which should be touching your back upper teeth.
Repeat-After-Me and Practise /k/
k = /kə kə kə/
kit kat = /ˈkɪt.kæt ˈkɪt.kæt ˈkɪt.kæt /
tick-tock = /ˌtɪk ˈtɒk ˌtɪk ˈtɒk ˌtɪk ˈtɒk/
Practice /k/ Spelt ‘k’: Some Examples from the Lesson Recording:
kick: kick the bucket
kin: kith and kin are all invited
knickknack: granny’s knickknacks
outlook: the outlook is bleak
Extend Your Learning
◼️ Pronunciation of /k/ Part One HERE.
◼️Pronunciation of /k/ Part Two HERE.
◼️ Pronunciation of /k/ Part Four HERE.
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