I was wondering what are the rules for pronouncing the letters "ch". When is it pronounces as "ch" and when - as "k"(as in chemistry).

Thanks in advance.
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I am afraid you will need to check the pronunciation in the dictionary... Emotion: smile
Chic is pronounced with SH for example. But once you know enough words, you can usually recognize common roots and guess the pronunciation.
In Old English the sounds (k) and (ch) were both represented by the letter c. Later, under the influence of French spelling, Middle English scribes inserted an h after c to indicate the (ch) sound at the beginning of words, as in child. (The sequence tch became the usual way to represent this sound following short vowels, as in catch.) In English words of Greek origin the digraph ch represents a transliteration of Greek X (chi), and so is usually pronounced (k), as in chorus, architect. And in English words borrowed from French, ch is often pronounced Emotion: shake, as in charlatan, cachet.
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AnonymousI was wondering what are the rules for pronouncing the letters "ch". When is it pronounces as "ch" and when - as "k"(as in chemistry).
It might be easier to look them up in a dictionary, but if you're good at knowing what the language of origin is, the Greek and the German ones are 'k', the French ones are 'sh', and the rest are 'ch'.

ch followed by r or l is pronounced 'k'. chlorine, chronic, etc.

That's about the only rule that's reliable.

CJ
what about school ?
Anonymouswhat What about school ?

The ch in school is pronounced like a k, if that's what you're asking.

CJ
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can you tell me how to pronounce "CH" in greek im looking for it everywhere but cant find anywhere
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Anonymouscan you tell me how to pronounce "CH" in greek im looking for it everywhere but cant find anywhere
You may have to find a Greek forum.

There is no "CH" as such in Greek because Greek doesn't use Roman letters. You are probably referring to the Greek letter we call "Chi". It looks like a Roman X. You can find it on the chart on this site:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_alphabet

As for the pronunciation, it's a velar fricative, symbolized /x/ in IPA. We don't have this sound in English. It sounds like a very rough version of our 'h' sound. Where necessary we approximate it with /k/. See the IPA chart on this site:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet

CJ
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