Languages › Spanish Pronouncing the Spanish CH Sounds Like the 'Ch' in English Share Flipboard Email Print Spanish Pronunciation History & Culture Vocabulary Writing Skills Grammar By Gerald Erichsen Spanish Language Expert B.A., Seattle Pacific University Gerald Erichsen is a Spanish language expert who has created Spanish lessons for ThoughtCo since 1998. our editorial process Gerald Erichsen Updated April 27, 2017 The Spanish CH is easy to master for English speakers — it's basically the same as the "ch" in English words such as "church" and "march." Unlike in English, the Spanish ch is always pronounced in the same way. Spanish cognates of English words where the "ch" has a different pronunciation are typically not spelled with a ch in Spanish. For example, the Spanish equivalent of "architect" is arquitecto. Some older reference books may indicate that the CH in Spanish is considered to be a separate letter of the alphabet. However, that is no longer true. Words and phrases in our audio lesson on pronouncing ch are muchas gracias, charlar, china and chino.