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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:

Kilogramo: kilogram
Kilómetro: kilometre
Koala: koala
Kiosco: kiosk
Kimono: kimono
Karaoke: karaoke
Karate: karate
Kung Fu: kung Fu
Karma: karma
Kiwi: kiwi
Queso: cheese
Paquete: package
Pequeño: small
Estanque: pond
Quiero: I want
Quemar: to burn
Toque: touch
Quiebra: bankruptcy
Quirófano: operating room
Esquimal: Eskimo

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