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Shcha

Shcha (Щ щ; italics: Щ щ) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. In Russian, it represents the voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative , like the pronunciation of in sheep (but longer). In Ukrainian and Rusyn, it represents the consonant cluster . In Bulgarian, it represents the consonant cluster . In Kurdish, it represents the consonant .

In English, Shcha is romanized as or (with hačeks), both reflecting the historical Russian pronunciation of the letter. That can lead to some confusion, as the in the transcription may seem to indicate that Щ is a combination of Ш and a strong Ч, which is true in Ukrainian but not Russian. The letter Щ in Russian and Ukrainian corresponds to ШЧ in related words in Belarusian.