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 found in front of the soft vowels e and i. In front of the hard vowels a, o, and u, the letter c creates the [k] sound by itself.

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