Italian Letter Combination

The letter combination CH is pronounced [k].

Italian sound files Per esempio…
che   what
lumache   snails
chi   who
chiaro   light (color)
mi chiamo   my name is

For a doubled (stronger) [k] sound, add an extra C before CH:

zucchero   sugar
specchio   mirror
tacchino   turkey
chiacchierone   chatty

 Note that CH is only ever found in front of the soft vowels E and I – H is added to make the C hard. In front of hard vowels (A, O, U), the letter C is already a hard k sound.

Also see SCH.

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