The spelling of /k/ is <c>, <ck>, <ch> or <k>. The /ʧ/ sound is spelled <ch>, <tch> or <tsch> in bortsch.
This is a contrast between a stop and an affricate, both voiceless but fairly well separated in the mouth. It does not cause many problems.
Interesting pairs include:
The figure for the mean density is 2.1%. The set makes 122 semantic contrasts, a loading of 52%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, August 2010.