Both the Spanish “K” and the Spanish “Q” are pronounced like an English “K”.
The Spanish letter “K” is used only in words that have their origin in foreign languages and therefore is not very common. The letter “Q” is the substitute for the “K” in Spanish and is more commonly used. When the “K” sound is needed in front of the vowels “E” and “I”, it is made with the “QU” combination, for example “Queso” (cheese).
I will now give you some examples of Spanish words featuring the “K” and “Q” and I would like you to repeat each word after me paying attention to the distinct “K”/”Q” sound. If you would like to see the meaning of any words you are unsure of please see the lesson notes.
Listen and repeat:
Kung Fu: kung Fu
Quiero: I want
Quemar: to burn
Quirófano: operating room