Pronunciation Library /k/

How do you say a /k/?/k/

A /k/ is produced with the back of the tongue raised, creating a complete blockage of the outward airflow in the back of the mouth. The build-up of air pressure occurs until the tongue moves away from the top of the mouth and releases the air.

Types of Misarticulations & Pronunciation Suggestions

  • The most common misarticulation of a /k/ is substituting it for a /t/. Ex: “tat” for “cat”
  • To try and elicit a /k/ you can use a tongue depressor to hold down the front half of the tongue during production or try gargling with the head tilted backward before trying to produce the /k/ sound.
  • Once you have achieved /k/ in isolation, try pronouncing it by combining the /k/ with back vowels. These vowels best facilitate the pronunciation of /k/.

Did you know?

  • /k/ is among the top 10 most frequently occurring consonants!
  • /k/ can occur at the beginning or end of a word.
  • Consonant clusters with /ks/ at the end can signal plurality


Bauman-Waengler, J. (2012). Articulatory and phonological impairments: A clinical    focus. (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

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Kimberly Lawless

Kimberly Lawless

Kimberly Lawless is a certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) with experience and passion for working with the pediatric population. She earned her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Science degree from the University of Kentucky in Communicative Sciences and Disorders Kimberly spent a year serving the birth to three population at Step By Step Care Group Inc. in Chicago, IL. There she treated children who presented with oral-motor deficits, feeding deficits, Autism Spectrum Disorder, genetic disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders and articulation/phonological impairments. Kimberly has additional experience working with children in Pre-K and elementary schools, as well as experience working with patients suffering from stroke and traumatic brain injuries at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, KY. Kimberly is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is certified in the Sequential Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.

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