Hodíte, nebo chodíte? or H is not CH

Hodíte, nebo chodíte? or H is not CH

How to pronounce correctly in Czech 4: H/CH

Is Czech pronuncuation a problem for you? I offer you another short training. Today´s topic: consonants H and CH.

H

Sound H is produced in larynx. Your lips are in a neutral position, a bit open, tongue is quiet. H is a voiced consonant, your vocal cords vibrate – put your hand on your throat and check: you feel vibration.

 

Words – training

Practise pronunciation of H. Listen to these words and repeat.

 Audio

 

a) hú, hú, hú, hú

b) ha, he, hi, ho, hu, hou – hahaha, hehehe, hihihi, hohoho, huhuhu

c) hádá, Hana, hází, hala, hýbe, hýká, hodí, husa, hučí, hůl, houba

d) noha, váha, váhá, tíha

e) pohled, výhled, jehla, táhne

f) hrst, hrká, hrdlo, hrbatý, hrneček, hrad

g) zahrada, ohrada, zahraje, vyhrál, Bělohrad

 

Sentence – training

Listen to this sentence and repeat. Ten times, twenty times… So many times until you pronounce the same way as the audio voice.

 Audio

 

Hravý hroch Hubert hrozně hrabal na hromadě harampádí.

(Playful hippopotamus Hubert horribly burrowed in a pile of junk.)

 

 

CH

Sound CH is produced back in your palate. Your tongue goes down behind down front teeth. Air flow is sharper than during H pronunciation. Try it: Put your hand in front of your mouth and pronounce H and CH in turns. You feel another air power. CH is unvoiced consonant, your vocal cords don´t vibrate.

 

Words – training

Practise pronunciation of CH. Listen to these words and repeat.

Audio

 

a) cha cha cha, che che che, chi chi chi, cho cho cho, chu chu chu, chou

b) chata, chápe, chyba, chodí, chová, chudý, chůva

c) máchá, mícha, mouchy, ucho

d) buchta, obchod, plachta, lechtá

e) mech, dech, duch

f) chrpa, chrápe, chrám, chrání, chrastítko, chrochtá

g) vichr, machr, ochrana, schránka, sychravý

 

Sentence – training

Listen to this sentence and repeat. Ten times, twenty times… So many times until you pronounce the same way as the audio voice.

 Audio

 

Chlupatý pes pana Máchy chytil blechu.

(Mr Mácha´s hairy dog got a flea.)

 

And now compare H and CH pronunciation.

Listen and repeat:

 Audio

 

hodí – chodí, hýbá – chyba, míhá – míchá, dýha – dýchá, vymáhá – vymáchá

 

How to practise more?

Here you can find other sentences and audio. Listen and repeat.

There are a lot of topics, words and audio on the webpage Mluvte česky.net. Listen and repeat.

If you use Lída Holá books, here you can find all audios. Listen and repeat. E.g. Čeština expres 1.

 

Czech version of this article.

Read also the first (length mark and accent), second (hook mark, e/ě) and third (i/y) part of our „pronunciation serial“.

 

26th March 2019

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