Spelling choices for the /k/ sound

Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules Afew words break the normal rules. Most of these words are fairly recent imports into English from other languages.

Some examples:

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karaoke (Japanese) karate
(Japanese)
kayak
(Innuit)
skate (Dutch)
kangaroo (Aborigine) kookaburra (Aborigine) skunk
(Native American)
skull
 
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Greek and French words

There are two more ways of spelling the /k/ sound:

1. Words which came from ancient Greek use ch, for example:

Christmas echo chemistry

You'll find more on these words in Unit 5.


2. Many French words use -que, for example:

antique mosque boutique

More on these words later in this unit, in the section on qu.

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