I understand that they mean the same thing, but are they pronounced different? Do certain groups or regions have a preference?
- SteveLv 48 years agoFavorite Answer
Personally I prefer Khanukah
The KH signifying the guttural KH
like arabic Akhmed
- Anonymous8 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
- FeivelLv 78 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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- Ashlyn M.Lv 48 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....
- MelkhaLv 78 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
- 8 years ago
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.