The Differences between SH (ʃ) and CH (tʃ)These two sounds are easily confused, and as you can see above, the phonetic symbols share the same sound (ʃ) except CH has an additional 't' sound (tʃ). Here are the differences simplified:
- Long, continuous sound
- Tongue barely touches the roof of mouth
- Mouth is slightly closed
- Think: "Shhhh...the baby is sleeping."
- Short, burst of air
- Tongue touches roof of mouth
- Mouth opens quickly
- Think: "Achooo!"..."Bless you."
Pronunciation Pairs: The following words have the exact same pronunciation except for the SH (ʃ) and CH (tʃ) sounds.
Other Pronunciations of CH: