Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: CH

  1. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Georgian
      • Home Country:
      • Georgia
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Feb 2012
    • Posts: 15
    #1

    CH

    Hi.
    Is there any grammar rule about when to read Ch as (tʃ) (merchant, chestnut, cherry, champion, chance, purchase) and as (ˈk) (chemist, ache, anarchy, anchor).
    Thank you.

  2. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 59,849
    #2

    Re: CH

    Most of the words where it is pronounced /k/ come from Greek.

  3. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Georgian
      • Home Country:
      • Georgia
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Feb 2012
    • Posts: 15
    #3

    Re: CH

    Thank you Tdol.
    But, in my examples that I had written down, you might see that more are pronounced as (tʃ) than (k). D'ya know what i mean, I know more words that are pronounced (tʃ), than (k).
    anyways, Thanks for comment. I thought could have been some grammar which helps :)

    Take care

  4. Member
    Other
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Swahili
      • Home Country:
      • Kenya
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Oct 2009
    • Posts: 179
    #4

    Re: CH

    There are many American words, where the grapheme "ch" gets a phoneme "sh": Chicago, Chinook, Cheyenne, etc.

  5. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 59,849
    #5

    Re: CH

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman Kartvely View Post
    Thank you Tdol.
    But, in my examples that I had written down, you might see that more are pronounced as (tʃ) than (k). D'ya know what i mean, I know more words that are pronounced (tʃ), than (k).
    anyways, Thanks for comment. I thought could have been some grammar which helps :)

    Take care
    The /k/ words are the smaller group and tend to come from Greek- if a word doesn't fit into that small group, then it is likely to be part of the general group. You can look on the /k/ group as exceptions and the reason is their origin. If not derived from Greek, if not one the AmE exceptions, then /tʃ/

  6. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Georgian
      • Home Country:
      • Georgia
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Feb 2012
    • Posts: 15
    #6

    Re: CH

    Thank you so much, guys.
    I see now. Pity, I'm not from Greece, would have been easier :)
    Thanks. Great help. I appreciated it.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •