I would like to know how native speakers say “thank you”. Do they pronounce it /θaŋk juː/ or /θaŋ kjuː/?

I am Asian and I was taught in school to say /θaŋ kjuː/ but teachers didn't explain the reason. Why is "thank you" pronounced as /θaŋ kjuː/ (if it is)?

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    You should explain the difference you hear more clearly. For me, Thank you and Thank Q are pronounced in exactly the same way in English. Jun 16, 2018 at 12:53
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    I am British and I don't say "thank q". I say "thank [very short pause] you." Jun 16, 2018 at 13:25
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    Americans in the South say thank-q.
    – KarlG
    Jun 16, 2018 at 13:34
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    The word thank is pronounced /θaŋk/, and the word you is pronounced /juː/. The name of the letter Q is pronounced /kjuː/. Leaving aside possible pauses between the two words, how exactly would you expect thank you to be pronounced if not /θaŋkjuː/? Jun 16, 2018 at 13:35
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    @MichaelHarvey As a Brit, it may be easier for me, than you, to say 'than q'.
    – Nigel J
    Jun 16, 2018 at 14:00

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Not sure exactly what you mean, but I suppose you're getting confused because of how the phrase is pronounced when spoken fast.

For a native speaker, "Thank Q" and "Thank you" are pronounced the same way. This is because the "k" sound and the "you" (i.e 'u' ) sound make a "kyuu" sound, which is also how Q is pronounced. The only way you can possibly make a distinction is if you pause in the middle.

I can't think of any good examples, but some obvious ones would be phrases like "track you." Don't know where you'd use it, but still.

  • Not the only way. You can reduce the you to ya or closer to yaw, as in Margaret Thatcher's fake RP. Or you can aspirate the k, then start the you.
    – KarlG
    Jun 16, 2018 at 13:36

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