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Ц or Ч

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I have trouble hearing a difference between these two sounds. How are ц and ч pronounced?

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
garpike
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Ц is more dental than in English 'ts', with the 't' and 's' sounds are articulated simultaneously by the tip of the tongue against the inside of the upper front teeth. Now, if you try doing exactly the same thing only this time putting your tongue against the inside of the lower front teeth, you ought to end up with Ч (which sounds a little like English 'ch', but is not the same sound).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zzzzz...
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Wow! Thank you for your detailed answer. Lingot rain! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Ц is like a ts, as in the word "cats". Ч is like a ch, like in "reach".

2 years ago

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Thank you, Tigger! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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You're welcome! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaarif1

thanks

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheHockeyist

As the above users. ц is like the ts sound at the end of pants. ч is a soft ch sound. It's closer to the one in cheese than the one in chew. It's pronounced like т + щ.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pschmidtmdr

Good replies but keep in mind there are always exceptions. For instance лучше and что. In лучше the ч is actually pronounced like ц and что the ч is pronounced like ш.

Those kind of things can really throw you off when learning Russian :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TimK77777
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In "лучше" "ч" is NOT pronounced like "ц". It may be pronounced like "т", but not "ц". In fact, I don't think "ч" is ever pronounced like "ц" in regular speech (it might in some regional dialects, or in some cases when speaker tries to imitate certain foreign accents or has a speech defect). As for "что", it is normally pronounced like "што", but can also be pronounced like "что" - the latter being considered a refined manner of speaking.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SandraSimp3

Is “concert”written сонсерт or сонцерт.I mean just saying, since ц has a “ts” sound and с has a “s” sound.No offense garapike,I understand what you’re saying,but maybe I got a teensy weensy confused.No harm done Mr.Garpike.

1 year ago
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