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      Koch Pronunciation

      How do you properly pronounce the Koch in the HK name?

      Is it as in kook,

      or as in koe,

      or as in kock,

      or as in kotch?

      Please help, thanks!

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      None of the above. I would not know how to spell how to pronounce it, but most Americans have a very hard time saying it correctly. The CH involves a bit of a throat clearing thing if that makes sense. I seem to remember a website I saw some years ago that had a recording of how to say it.

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      and here it is...
      http://www.hkpro.com/koch.htm

      One of the most frequently asked questions to arise on the HKPRO boards is the correct pronunciation of Theodor Koch's last name. Most center around "coke" "kotch" or "kock".

      In actuality, there are two ways to correctly pronounce Koch. Let's call them the American version and the German version. In German, the letters "ch" do not sound like they do in English. "Church" is not a ch combination that the Germans ever pronounce. It is more of a chhhh that somewhat sounds like phlegm being summoned from the rear of the throat.

      As for the English pronunciation, the correct way is "coke." Former New York mayor Ed Koch ("Kotch") may have muddied things up, but if you get confused, you can always say, "HK."
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      If U call the customer service line and hear their phone automated message - it is coke

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      Not exact, but most proper for 'mericans would be "Coke".

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      A friend of mine who is half German asked his mother and she said "coke" as well. I always say Kotch and probably will continue to.

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      I agree with coke no matter what the internet says. When I lived in Wichita, I lived close to Koch Industries....it's 'coke'.

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      Just say H & K and be done with it.

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      I'll have another Please

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      Thanks!

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      Not to start a pissing contest here but I grew up speaking German, and in German Koch is NOT pronounced "Coke." "Coke" is the American version.

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      Achmed, the dead terrorist, says that his name is spelled, "A-C-Phlegm-..."
      That's how Koch is pronounced, too: "Koc(phlegm)."

      (I, too, grew up in a German-speaking household...and Yiddish-speaking, too, when my Grandma wasn't around to complain about it.)

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      Achmed is my hero!!!!!

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      Steve, that is the best way to explain it I have seen so far. Danke schön.

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      Bitte sehr!

      I should've added that the "Coke" pronunciation is correct in one aspect, anyway: the pronunciation of the "o" in Koch.

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      proper saying/ koch

      Quote Originally Posted by Redhound80 View Post
      How do you properly pronounce the Koch in the HK name?

      Is it as in kook,

      or as in koe,

      or as in kock,

      or as in kotch?

      Please help, thanks!
      it is "COKE" as stated in the manual

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      Quote Originally Posted by bophi View Post
      it is "COKE" as stated in the manual
      Um, no, it's not. The manual is written for native English speakers, but the name Koch is German.
      Ptarmigan and I, both German speakers, have just tried to explain how Koch is to be pronounced (see our last three posts in this thread).
      The only "Coke" about it is the way that the "o" is spoken (long, as in Coke).
      The "ch" part is voiced as if you were clearing your throat, or, as Achmed the Dead Terrorist says, "K-O-C-Phlegm."

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      Quote Originally Posted by unpecador View Post
      Short and to the point - as well as correct.

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      correct name (koch)

      Quote Originally Posted by Redhound80 View Post
      How do you properly pronounce the Koch in the HK name?

      Is it as in kook,

      or as in koe,

      or as in kock,

      or as in kotch?

      Please help, thanks!
      it is COKE

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