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"took" does never sound like "chee" when spoken by an experienced English speakers (native or not).

Depending on the speaker, it may sound as [chook], but not [chee].

Other words have this property, e.g.:

two -> [too] which can sound like [choo]

[ch] is the initial sound in "children" or "champion"

[oo] is long [u]


In a lot of UK English, notably urban, you will hear a "t-y" pronounced as "tch", in a word like "boatyard" or a phrase "... at you ...".

Most commonly though:

  • What are you up to?

Can degrade when said quickly:

  • "What you up to?" Can sound like "Whatchoo up to?"
  • "What are you doing?" Can sound like "Cha doin?"

It is certainly very informal and not standard pronunciation.

This is sometimes spelled wotcha (OED has watcha) and on its own can be used as a colloquial greeting (I believe only in SE England) and you can hear:

  • George: Wotcha Bert.
  • Bert: A'right George.

Meaning approximately "Hello" and "How are you?" (Are you alright?)

It can even get as short as a nod of the head and "Tcha!"

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