‘It’s important to note that the spelling of a word is not always an accurate guide to how it is pronounced. Similarly the pronunciation of a word is not always helpful when working out how that word should be spelt.  For example, the word ‘CAT’ has three letters and three sounds but the word ‘CATCH’ has five letters but still only three sounds.

If we write these words using sound symbols, we can see exactly how many sounds they have.

CAT is written – cat
CATCH is written – catch

In ‘CATCH’ the three letters TCH are one sound represented by one symbol tch

(BBC Learning)


The audio sources below include different voices from around the UK. Listen for variations in word pronounciation,  accents and dialects.