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.
1. A. chop, B. shop 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
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.
1. A. chime, B. time 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.
1. teacher – research – speeches 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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