Pronunciation – 25 English Words with ‘ch’ Pronounced ‘sh’!

English is such a confusing language! Often there is more than one way to pronounce a single letter or group of letters.

In this video, you’ll learn 25 words where the letters ch together are pronounced ‘sh’. (Most of these words were taken from French!)

 

 

brochure
cache
cachet
chagrin
champagne
chandelier
chaperone
charade
charlatan
chauffeur
chauvinist
chef
chic
chiffon
chivalry
chute
cliché
crochet
fuchsia
machete
machine
mustache
parachute
quiche
ricochet

*I use the American spelling of ‘mustache.’ The British spell it ‘moustache.’

 

Other words with ‘ch’ pronounced ‘sh’ (not in video):
chaise
chalet (a type of house in the Alps)
chateau (a large castle in France)
chemise
chinook (a warm dry wind in winter that blows down from the Rocky Mountains)
chivalrous
douche
louche
niche
pistachio
ruche

Names:
Charlotte
Cheryl
Michelle
Chevrolet (a car brand)

Places:
Chicago
Michigan

 

Related videos:
50 English Words with ‘ch’ Pronounced /k/
Practice the ‘sh’ and ‘ch’ Sounds

 



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