- “ch” – change, march
- “tch” – watch, kitchen,
- “ce” – cello, concerto
- “t (+u)” – culture, fortune
- “t (+i)” – question, suggestion
The sound /tʃ/ can be in these consonant clusters:
Beginning of a Syllable
End of a Syllable
/rtʃt/ (“rched”) - marched
/ltʃ/ (“lch” ) - mulch
/ltʃt/ (“lched”) - filched
/ntʃ/ (“nch”) - ranch
/ntʃt/ (“nched”) - pinched
The sounds /tʃ/ and /ʃ/ are both voiceless, alveo-palatal consonants. However, /tʃ/ is an affricate while /ʃ/ is a fricative. When you pronounce /tʃ/, the air in your mouth should stop (like a /t/) before it is released (like a /ʃ/).
You can hear the difference between /tʃ/ and /ʃ/ in these words.
2. A. choose, B. shoes
3. A. which, B. wish
4. A. march, B. marsh
5. A. leeches, B. leashes
6. A. matching, B. mashing
Now compare /tʃ/ and /t/:
The sounds /tʃ/ and /t/ are both voiceless consonants pronounced near the alveolar ridge. However, /tʃ/ is a alveo-palatal affricate while /t/ is an alveolar stop. The sound /tʃ/ has some air released.
You can hear the difference between /tʃ/ and /t/ in these words.
2. A. chalk, B. talk
3. A. notch, B. not
4. A. porch, B. port
5. A. kitchen, B. kitten
6. A. hunching, B. hunting
Now, practice /tʃ in sentences. Say the words first, then the sentences.
Our teacher taught us how to do research for speeches.
2. matching – chopsticks – lunch
We need a pair of matching chopsticks for lunch.
3. chess - checkers - porch
Do you want to play chess or checkers on the porch?
4. search – attachment
Use the search bar to find the email with the attachment.
5. exchanged – WeChat – touch
The students exchanged WeChat information so they could stay in touch.
6. choose – cheaper – charger
You can choose a cheaper charger.
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