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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Examples for Animals with “chs” in German:
- der Dachs (badger)
- der Luchs (bobcat)
- der Fuchs (fox)
- der Lachs (salmon)
- die Echse (lizard)
- der Ochse (ox)
Also, there are several world families which are all using “chs”:
- wachsen (to grow)
- aufwachsen (to grow up)
- der Erwachsene (the grown-up)
- der Nachwuchs (the offspring)
- wechseln (to change / switch)
- abwechseln (to alternate)
- verwechseln (to confuse)
- der Wechsel (the change)
- das Wechselgeld (the change money)
- Sachsen (Saxony)
- der Sachse
- Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
- der Niedersachse
- Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt)
- 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.
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