Many German students struggle when it comes to the pronunciation of the German “chs”. This article will explain to you everything you need to know.

How to pronounce “chs” in German

Almost every language you study will surprise you with sounds you did not know before. The older we get, the harder it becomes to really study these special sounds. Besides the Umlaute “ä”, “ö” and “ü”, also the letters “chs” frequently are a reason for struggles for German learners. However, if you know how to correctly pronounce them, you’ll reduce your foreign accent when speaking German. 

The special sound of “chs”

Though Germans pronounce most of the letters in a word the way they read it, “chs” is an exemption. Usually, it depends on the letters that stand before “ch” if you’ll need to pronounce it hard like in “Dach”, “Tochter” or soft like in “möchten” or “Küche”. However, this does not apply to “chs”. 

The German “chs” sounds like the English “ks”. This means that instead of any hard or soft “kh” sound, you hear a “k” which is quickly followed by an “s”. 

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Recommended study materials on the topic:

    1. Phonetics – exercises, and tips for good pronunciation A1
    2. Phonetics – exercises, and tips for good pronunciation A2
    3. Phonetics – exercises, and tips for good pronunciation B1

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Examples for Animals with “chs” in German:

 

Also, there are several world families which are all using “chs”:

 

Bundesländer: 

  • Sachsen (Saxony)
  • sächsisch
  • der Sachse 

 

  • Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
  • niedersächsisch
  • der Niedersachse

 

  • Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt)
  • sachsen-anhaltinisch
  • der Sachsen-Anhaltiner

 

Other nouns with “chs” in German:

 

Mastering German pronunciation 

After reading this article, I hope you finally understood how to correctly pronounce the German “chs”. If you want to know more about pronunciation, check out how to pronounce “ch in German.

 

Bis bald!

Steffie

 


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