The /h/ sound is spelled with <h> or <wh> in who. The /ʧ/ sound is spelled with <ch> or <tch>.
This is a contrast between a glottal fricative and an alveolar affricate, both voiceless, only occurring in syllable-initial position. Although the /h/ can be difficult for some learners, the contrast is not a problem.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 3.5%. The lists make 56 semantic distinctions, a loading of 51%.
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