Spelling words with Z or S or soft C sound
I wonder if there are any rules or guidelines to help spell words with Z/S/C? E.g., I just misspelled "calcetines" as "calzetines". Maybe there is a slight difference in pronunciation? Or is there a rule or guideline that would let me know I needed a "C" there instead of a "Z"?
I do know that we sometimes need to change C to Z to preserve soft "C" sound when conjugating verbs. But many times with nouns, etc. I am not sure whether to use C, Z, or S.
In Latin American spanish they all sound like 's', so there is no way to tell except memorization. In European Epanish c/z are alike and sound like 'th' and s sounds like 's'.
C only has the 's' sound before 'i' and 'e', so that helps a little bit.
Actually, you are never supposed to write a "z" before of an "e" or "i" as far as i remember, they change to ce or ci. There are some exceptions to that rule though like last names or some foreign words :B
After posting this I found a free app for iPhone: "Spanish Spelling Tips" which has quite a bit about C, Z, S. There's a lot there. No one simple rule. But as biribom said, a helpful thing for distinguishing C and Z is to remember that Z does not generally come before E or I, except in foreign words. Very helpful. Thanks!