The /ʃ/ sound is spelled with <sh> and <ch> in chaise and Boche. The /ʧ/ sound is spelled with <ch> or <tch>.
This is a contrast between a fricative and an affricate, both voiceless and in the same region of the mouth. It is a known problem for many learners, including speakers of French, Dutch, Scandinavian languages, Spanish, Greek and Thai.
Taboo word pairs include shat/chat and shit/chit.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.1%. The lists make 56 semantic distinctions, a loading of 43%.
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