Now, we're gonna learn about multigraphs. you can learn a lot here if you wanna become a more fluent English speaker, you know.

English Multigraph "ch"

The letter 'c' and 'h' are two consonants making the digraph 'ch.'

Digraphs are a set of two letters that stand together and produce a new sound.

Digraph ch
Name ch (pronounced /'si ˈeɪtʃ/)
Sound(s) /tʃ/, /k/, /ʃ/

The Digraph 'ch'

Sound 1: /tʃ/

If 'ch' comes at the end of a word, it always sounds /tʃ/:

coach /kəʊtʃ/

branch /bræntʃ/

bleach /bliːtʃ/

rich /rɪtʃ/

'ch' usually sounds /tʃ/at the beginning of a word:

channel /ˈtʃænl/

cheer /tʃɪr/

choke /tʃəʊk/

cherry /ˈtʃeri/

church /tʃɜːrtʃ/

Tip

However, 'ch' at the beginning of these words and their derived terms sound /k/:

character /ˈkærəktər/

chiropractor /ˈkaɪərəʊpræktər/

Sound 2: /k/

'ch' at the beginning of a word before ‘r’ or ‘l’ and before some vowels sound /k/:

chronometer /krəˈnɑːmɪtər/

chrome /krəʊm/

chlorophyll /ˈklɔːrəfɪl/

chemistry /ˈkemɪstri/

choreography /ˌkɔːriˈɑːɡrəfi/

character /ˈkærəktər/

Sound 3: /ʃ/

'ch' in French loanwords sound /ʃ/:

march /mɑːrtʃ/

moustache /məˈstæʃ/

chicane /ʃɪˈkeɪn/

chevron /ˈʃevrɑːn/

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