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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kate_Fishman

[s] versus [z] Pronunciation

Hi there! I just wanted to ask: when is the letter "S" pronounced z, and when is it pronounced s? I've heard both but can never figure out any sort of pattern. In addition, when is the letter "Z" pronounced "ts" and when is it pronounced "z"? Thanks!

July 12, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drvdw

s is pronounced z when it starts a syllable

exceptions:

  • st is pronounced sht
  • sch is pronounced sh

z is always pronounced ts


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Also "sp" is pronounced "shp".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kate_Fishman

Thank you both so much! A lingot for you two

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