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    Hi.
    would someone please explain why we don't use proper consonant sounds for some words, ie; chevy /ʃevi/ (it's not shevy) instead of /tʃevi/, or chicago instead of shicago etc. Are there any phonetic rules, does it depend on the before and after phonemes?
    Also /p/ what are the phonetic rules fro silent /p/ as in psychology.
    Thanks a million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celtaflorida View Post
    Hi.
    would someone please explain why we don't use proper consonant sounds for some words, ie; chevy /ʃevi/ (it's not shevy) instead of /tʃevi/, or chicago instead of shicago etc. Are there any phonetic rules, does it depend on the before and after phonemes?
    Also /p/ what are the phonetic rules fro silent /p/ as in psychology.
    Thanks a million.
    Words with a French origin starting with 'ch' are pronounced 'sh' - champagne, chalet ...
    Words of Greek origin starting with 'ps' are pronounced 's'. - psyche, pseudo, psi ...
    What do you mean by "proper consonant sounds"?

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    If your name means you are studying for a CELTA, you'll soon learn that expressions like 'proper consonants' are more or less meaningless.

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    Thanks for the tip!

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    Default Re: word sounds

    Appreciate the answer.
    Proper consonant sound was a mistake.
    Thanks.

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