A silly question, I suppose, but I am wondering. I've always pronounced "Hoppes" as "hops", but a veteran at the range where I shoot who's been around a lot longer than me says "hoppies". How do you say it?
Thanks, Chaplain! Getting it from the source was a really good and simple idea...hoppies it shall be from now on. I guess it wasn't such a silly question after all, given how many of us use it for how many years?
Koch is pronouced 'Coke' if a German-speaker says it. My grand-uncle's family shares the same last name, and all speak german quite well. German is pronounced exactly as it is spelled, no extra sounds added.
Sorry but "coke" still doesn't do it justice. A native-German speaker would pronounce the ch with a sound we don't make in English, and therefore don't have a way to spell it's pronunciation.
It's half-way approximated by kotsh, but it's more like clearing your throat than how any English reader would pronounce kotsh. I can't even think of a way to phonetically spell it, since english speaker don't make this sound.
But it's definitely not "coke" like the cola, with a hard 'k' sound. Can you make a "soft" k sound? Like you're whispering only the k. Something like that.