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Spanish Vocabulary: Learning More About Loan Words That Begin With K in Spanish

written by: lwitkop • edited by: Rebecca Scudder • updated: 3/2/2012

The letter k is an oddity in Spanish. Learn more about these words that have entered the Spanish language from other cultures.

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    Spanish students should find a list of words that begin with k in Spanish easy to master. There are actually very few such words in the language. In Spanish, the k sound is produced by the qu letter combination, in words like queso and quemada. The letter k, along with the letter w, does not occur naturally in the Spanish language. Words that begin with k in Spanish and even words that contain the letter k have their origins outside the Spanish-speaking world.

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    A List of Spanish Words Beginning With K

    The following Spanish words begin with k. Each word is followed by its English translation. In addition, words that have an irregular plural form include this plural. Some of these words will be familiar to Spanish language learners because of their foreign roots. Paying attention to whether nouns are masculine or feminine and noting slight changes in spelling (e.g., kilometer – kilómetro) will help add these words to your working vocabulary.

    el kaleidoscopio – kaleidoscope

    el kamikaze – kamikaze

    el kan – khan

    kaput – kaput

    el karate or el karate - karate

    el/la karateka or el/la karateca – karate expert

    el kárdex – file or filing cabinet

    el kart (pl. los karts) – kart

    el karting – karting (kart racing)

    el kartódromo – karting track

    la Kenia, la Kenya – Kenya

    keniano(a) – Kenyan

    el kepis (pl. los kepis) or el kepi – kepi

    la kermesse or la kermes – charity fair or kermess

    el ketchup – ketchup/catsup

    el kilo – kilogram or kilo

    la kilocaloria – kilocalorie

    el kilogramo – kilogram

    el kilometraje – mileage

    kilométrico(a) – endless

    el kilómetro – kilometer

    el kilovatio – kilowatt

    el kilovatio-hora – kilowatt-hour

    el kimono – kimono

    el kinder (pl. los kinders) or el kindergarten (pl. los kindergartens) – kindergarten

    el kiosco or el kiosko –stand or kiosk

    el kiosquero/la kiosquera – kiosk attendant

    el kit (pl. los kits) – kit

    el kiwi – kiwi or kiwifruit

    knock-out (pl. knock-outs) - knockout

    el koala – koala

    el kuchen – tart

    el Kurdistán – Kurdistan

    kurdo(a) – Kurdish

    el kurdo/la kurda – Kurd

    el Kuwait – Kuwait

    Kuwaití - Kuwaiti

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    Download this list of words that begin with k in Spanish to help you practice this new vocabulary or for some fun language trivia.