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Using ch to spell the /k/ sound

In these words of Ancient Greek origin, the letters c and h are used to spell the /k/ sound.

As you learn them, try saying them aloud with a /ch/ sound instead of a /k/ sound to help you remember their spellings.

ache
Unripe fruit can give you stomach ache.
anchor
The ship dropped anchor in the bay.
chaos
The car crash caused chaos on the busy road.
chemist
The local chemist will have the right medicine for you.
chorus
I've been chosen to sing in the chorus.
echo
My voice created an echo in the cave.
monarch
Before Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch was King George VI.
orchid
An orchid has unusually shaped flowers.
scheme
They were part of a car pooling scheme.
stomach
Unripe fruit can give you stomach ache.
architect
The new store will be designed by a top architect.
character
I like a person with a friendly character.
chemistry
The student passed all his chemistry exams.
cholera
Cholera is a terrible disease.
orchestra
The orchestra played softly in the background.
mechanic
A good mechanic can fix any make of car.
technical
A technical fault set off the fire alarm.
technology
Computer technology is changing the world.
school
School starts at the same time each day.

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Learn about these words in Unit 5. Spelling the consonant digraphs, Part 2

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