Practise /k/ English Pronunciation Podcast Lesson (click the audio player above to listen to this lesson).

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. 

How to pronounce /k/ diagram.
How to Pronounce /k/ diagram

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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