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Why do people who learn english from spanish or portugese almost always confuse their SH and CH sounds?

My boyfriend and family come from Spain and Portugal and almost all of them confuse their SH and CH sounds. I was wondering why?

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Because the sounds for those combinations of letters are different in their native language. I can tell you from experience it is tough to get over seeing a certain set of consonants that make one sound in your native language that you have spoken all your life and make a different sound with them I am learning Welsh and there are several like that in the Celtic languages, for instance a double L in English is still pronounced like an L (ie Lloyd) but in Welsh that double L makes a sort of odd hissing sound... a bit like the old TV's did when between channels. I *know* it is a different sound but training yourself to say it properly is tough I still mess it up frequently and try to pronounce it as an English L your brain just automatically wants to pronounce it how you have always done haha

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well for the Spanish most of them originated from Spain and the ones that didnt learn their speaking for others and back when they had had a king, the king almost always spoke with a lisp

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