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ugh asked in Society & CultureHolidaysHanukkah · 8 years ago


I understand that they mean the same thing, but are they pronounced different? Do certain groups or regions have a preference?

6 Answers

  • Steve
    Lv 4
    8 years ago
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    Personally I prefer Khanukah

    The KH signifying the guttural KH

    like arabic Akhmed

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Feivel's answer is good... the spelling to me, does not really matter... Hannukah, Chanukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah all are English intrepretations to the original Hebrew.

  • 8 years ago

    Hanukkah: non-Jewish spelling, I've seen it more than the Jewish spelling. The "H" is pronounced like, well, an "H" like in "Holiday" or "Hero".

    Chanukah: Jewish spelling, a lot of people don't use this one when writing (for example, on my calendar it uses the first spelling). The "Ch" is pronounced almost like coughing, which a lot of Jews learn how to pronounce early on in Hebrew School or Synagogue (Jewish church, if you will). Whatever you might hear, it isn't a "K" sound, like "Kangaroo" or "Kettle" but a sound that comes from the back of your throat, used in Hebrew words and prayers. This sound is made by the letter "Chet" (ח), and you really need to hear the noise before you understand how it sounds.

    Source(s): Jew
  • Feivel
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Some people pronounce it with a soft H as in the H in "Happy" and some people use a a hard CH which is a a sound incorporating the vibration of the uvula while exhaling, pushing air up out of the throat.

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  • 8 years ago

    I have only seen it spelled Hanukkah or Chanukah. And it is either pronounced with an H sound or with a sort of coughing-like "k" sound....

  • Melkha
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    There is no direct letter for letter exchange from Hebrew to English, so the words are written phonetically.

    We have counted 14 ways to spell Kanukkakh

  • Nope. I personally spell it Hannukkah, just to be different and annoy people, but it was origianlly a Hebrew word so there are different spellings and even pronunciations. 'H' is a regualar h but 'Ch' is more gutteral.

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