I've heard the
gucken pronounced more like a
k, but in the Duden dictionary I see no indication that it's pronounced that way. Do most Germans actually pronounce the word with a
k, or is it just for some parts of the country?
I've heard the
It is a bit confusing. Originally, the verb is gucken, pronounced with a g as is to be expected from the spelling. However, in northern German dialects, there is an unrelated verb kieken with about the same meaning (to look), giving rise to a hybrid kucken. This, in turn, has expanded quite a bit southward, even into regions where kieken is completely absent (and probably not even understood).
As kucken is highly colloquial, some people prefer to write gucken instead, while continuing to say kucken.
There are two regionally different variants of pronunciation, ['gʊkn], and [ˈgʊkən] mostly used in the southern parts of Germany.
In the region where I live (Swabia) people tend to pronounce this verb somehow like [ˈkʊken̩] when they want to speak or try to sound like speaking "Hochdeutsch" imitating the northern variant kucken.
Note that the sound sample from the "Aussprachedatenbank der ARD" linked in the Duden entry also pronounce it with [g].
In my native Augsburg Swabian (AugschburgerSchwäbisch) dialect, we pronounce 'gucken' with a g. Example: Was gugsch'n so blehd? (standard German: Warum guckst du so blöd? - g is pronounced like k). English: Why are you gawking so stupidly?