How do I know ch pronounce "k" ? Example : What different between "rich" and "school" , both they have "ch" but there pronounce not like the same .
Aug 12, 2014 11:17 AM
Answers · 3
The short answer is, you really don't know. You just have to learn these words as you encounter them. One good example is the pronunciation of "schedule" - generally, in UK English it's a "sh" sound, but US English uses a "sk" sound. Words which come from Greek usually have a "k" sound: chorus, chronological, psychology, chrysanthemum, Christ and so on.
August 12, 2014
To add to the previous answer, one clue lies in the position of the 'CH' in the word. Words like church, chapel, chafe, chop have a voiced ch. At the end of the word - rich bitch, switch, etc the sound of ch is unvoiced. Say my examples aloud and listen to how the sound changes from the start of a word to the end of the word.
August 12, 2014
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