• Martin Luther Ki”ng” Jr.

    The “ng” sound in “King” is one sound. It does not have a “n” sound or a “g” sound. Instead it is a different sound altogether. Some nonnative speakers add a hard “g” sound, saying “King-g” instead. To make the “ng” sound, the back of the tongue hits softly against the throat. To make the “g” sound, the back of the tongue hits harder against the throat. Try saying “King” without a hard “g”. At the end of a word in American English, only “ng” typically occurs, without a “g” sound.