Like a previous poster said, this can depend on what area of Germany the speaker is from. Those from Hessen tend to pronounce "ch" with more of a "sh" sound. In standard High German, however, "ch" is pronounced either lightly (think of the sound of a cat hissing), as in the words "ich" or "dich," or a little harder, as in the words "lachen" or "wachen." There is no equivalent for this hard "ch" sound in English, but I can tell you that it is what most English-speakers think of when they think of spoken German. This sound is also found in Arabic and Hebrew and I've heard many English-speakers joke that it is the kind of sound that produces phlegm...haha. I hope that helps!
· 1 decade ago