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How is the ending -ig pronounced, and where?

In all of my German books and several websites (as in this one), it is said that an -ig suffix it is pronounced as -ich using the /ç/. however when my German relative from Frankfurt pronounce the final g in those case as a /g/.

What is the better form to adapt to myself, or does it matter?

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    I would say the two common ways are like -k (zwanzik) or like -ch (zwanzich), in some region also -sch (zwanzisch)
    – Em1
    Apr 8, 2012 at 11:17

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There are local differences. I grew up in Graz, Austria and live in Vienna, Austria since 1997. Here in Austria only actors in Burgtheater and german immigrants say

Könich Ludwich ist nicht heilich.

(3 times with "~ich" at the end).

Austrian people say

König Ludwig ist nicht heilig.

(3 times with "~ig").

  • If we talk about König Ludwig (I. or II.) then we have to keep in mind that he was Bavarian. Therefore in any case Ludwig is pronounced ˈluːdvɪk. This can also be seen in towns named after him: Ludwigshafen, Ludwigsburg where the -ig is always pronounced ik.
    – Takkat
    Apr 8, 2012 at 14:42
  • Generell wird -ig ɪkbetont. Und das auch in Berlin :)
    – 19h
    Apr 8, 2012 at 17:43
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    Actually, in this case "König" is pronounced "Kini", so no "ig" at all :-)
    – Landei
    Apr 8, 2012 at 19:52
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    @Landei: Please do not confuse non-native spreakers. "Kini" in bavarian dialect, not standard-german. Apr 9, 2012 at 11:13

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