|Cyrillic letter Che|
|The Cyrillic script|
Che or Cha (Ч ч; italics: Ч ч) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.
It commonly represents the voiceless postalveolar affricate /tʃ/, like the pronunciation of ⟨tch⟩ in "switch".
In English, Che is usually romanized as ⟨ch⟩, or sometimes as ⟨tch⟩, as in French. In linguistics it is transcribed as ⟨č⟩. Thus Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's surname (Чайковский in Russian) may be transcribed as Chaikovsky or Čaykovskiy.
The name of Che in the Early Cyrillic alphabet was чрьвь (črvĭ), meaning "worm".
In the Cyrillic numeral system, Che had a value of 90.
In all Slavic languages which use Cyrillic, except Russian and Ukrainian, Che represents the voiceless postalveolar affricate /tʃ/.
Russian and Ukrainian
In Russian and Ukrainian, Che usually represents the voiceless alveolo-palatal affricate /t͡ɕ/. However, on a small amount of occasions, in can be pronounced as /tʃ/, for example in Russian: лучше or in Ukrainian: знаючий.
In Russian, there is a small number of words where it represents /ʂ/ (similar to English to ⟨sh⟩ /ʃ/ in "shape"); e.g. Russian: что, чтобы, нарочно.
Related letters and other similar characters
- Č č : Latin letter C with caron
- Ç ç : Latin letter C with cedilla
- Ҷ ҷ : Cyrillic letter Che with descender
- Ӵ ӵ : Cyrillic letter Che with diaeresis
- Ҹ ҹ : Cyrillic letter Che with vertical stroke
- Ꚇ ꚇ : Cyrillic letter Cche
- Ɥ ɥ : Latin letter Turned H
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER CHE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER CHE|
|UTF-8||208 167||D0 A7||209 135||D1 87|
|Numeric character reference||Ч||Ч||ч||ч|
|KOI8-R and KOI8-U||254||FE||222||DE|
|Code page 855||252||FC||251||FB|
|Code page 866||151||97||231||E7|