The Letter K

I hope you're still interested because in this lesson, we will learn about all the sounds of the letter K. It is the eleventh letter of the English alphabet.

"The Letter K" in the English Alphabet

K is the eleventh letter of the English alphabet. It is a consonant too.

Consonants are the letters that are produced by stopping the letter from flowing easily.

Uppercase Form K
Lowercase k
Name kay (pronounced /ˈkeɪ/)
Main Sound /k/

The Letter K: Sounds

The letter K has two sounds.

Sound 1: /k/

K generally sounds /k/:

Kayak /ˈkaɪæk/

book /bʊk/

bike /baɪk/

Sound 2: /Ø/

'kn' sounds /n/, so K is silent Ø:

knight /naɪt/

knee /niː/

know /nəʊ/

The Letter K: Multigraphs

Letter K can also appear in combinations with other letters (mainly consonants).

ck

'ck' together sounds /k/:

duck /dʌk/

back /bæk/

lock /lɑːk/

nk

'nk' after a vowel sounds /ŋk/:

think /θɪŋk/

drink /drɪŋk/

spank /spæŋk/

The Letter K: Uses

K can be used as:
The abbreviation of kilometer or kilometers or thousand or thousands in colloquial language
The abbreviation of OK in text messaging or internet slang

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