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How to pronounce -CH- in English, as in 'Charlie Chaplin'

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Chimney Sound "/media/audio/words/chimney.mp3"
Chips Sound "media/audio/words/chips.mp3"
Cello Sound "media/audio/words/cello.mp3"

How to make this sound

Sound is a quiet or unvoiced consonant. The 'sound' is from the air being pushed out of the mouth. This sound is made by closing the teeth together gently, or almost closing them together. The tip of the tongue is placed flat on the gum ridge behind the top teeth at the front and then moved back and down slightly as the sound is made. Let air pressure build up and release as the tongue moves slightly down and back.

The spelling in nearly always ch But this doesn't mean that every ch spelling has this pronunciation. The words Orchestra, schedule, school and Orchid are examples of words using -ch- that are not pronounced Sound

Sound

Example words

using 'ch'

chair match chain kitchen fetch much chalk butcher much chocolate teacher Richard crutches church Manchester cheerful cheese chess touch sandwich achievement bench branch beaches chew chinese such March which witch cherry cherish

Some other rare letter combinations

cello Furniture Fixtures

practice - Click a natives flag to hear the sentences

  1. The catcher chose matching pictures for the coach.
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  2. The birch wood couch was a natural colour/color.
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  3. A colourful/colorful bird was perched on a branch.
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  4. We can munch on a sandwich for lunch at the beach.
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  5. He had achieved a high level in his Chinese studies.
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  6. please put the cheese and chocolate on the bench in the kitchen
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  7. The butcher chose two thick chops for me.
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  8. They will build the church in March.
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  9. Watch out for Rachel's teacher.
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  10. please choose carefully as it can't be changed.
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practice sentences for the -CH- sound

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  1. I haven't had so much fun for ages .
  2. My hairstyle hasn't changed much since I was five.
  3. She laughs too much.
  4. He said that his father never talked much about the war.
  5. Gwen had not seen her Daddy all that much, because mostly he worked on the ships.
  6. Do you get back East much?
  7. The skin is much too delicate.
  8. You'd be so much happier if you could see yourself the way I see you.
  9. The day ended much as it began.
  10. Sheep's milk is produced in much the same way as goat's milk.
  11. They are grown on the hillsides in full sun, without much water.
  12. The Home Office acknowledges that much crime goes unreported.
  13. eating too much and drinking too much.
  14. There was so much to talk about.
  15. Can you hear it where you live?' He shook his head. `Not much.'.
  16. `Do you care very much about what other people think?'`Too much.'
  17. I don't see much of Tony nowadays.
  18. How much money can I afford?.
  19. See just how much fat and cholesterol you're eating.
  20. She knows how much this upsets me but she persists in doing it.
  21. Their aim will be to produce as much milk as possible.
  22. Much as they hope to go home tomorrow, they're resigned to staying on until the end of the year.
  23. You're waiting for a woman I thought as much.
  24. The organisers hope to raise as much as £6m for charity.
  25. They are always short of water to drink, much less to bathe in.
  26. It hasn't been much of a holiday.
  27. Well, so much for the producers. But what of the consumers?
  28. He has spent 19 million pounds, lost three cup finals and been relegated. So much for money.
  29. I don't really think of her as a daughter so much as a very good friend.
  30. I didn't so much as catch sight of him all day long.
  31. He himself believed in freedom, so much so that he would rather die than live without it.
  32. His inability to stay at one job for long had finally proved too much for her.
  33. a man very much in charge of himself.




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