OK, so here you are - although spanish pronounciation seems to me as easy as it could get, I still have some doubts regarding "sc" - like in the word "escena".
How is it to be pronounced?
I'm mostly interested in the optimum Spain-Spanish way...
Instictively I usually pronounce it as if there was no "c" following, at all. But is this correct? And I don't mean for Latin America. Is there really no "c" (/θ/) sound?
Any help from native speakers would be more than welcome! :-)
Well, that's what I did. And perhaps I didn't want to believe what I heard was right... lol
And yes, it's true that there is some variation regarding the above letters, but it's still not such a big deal. I'm mostly interested in Spain Spanish (I'm moving there by next year), and it seems everything is perfectly understandable. (btw, out of all these, the trickiest sound of all these is "ll" which some spaniards pronounce like "y", while others go for "ly")
Ceceo (pronouncing c before i and e as /θ/) only occurs in Spain, but if that's what you're going for, I guess the best thing you can do is listen to a lot of native speakers, either irl or through movies and such, and copy them. :)
Technically, ceceo is lisping s along with c and z. This is done in a number of parts of Andalucía in the south of Spain. There's also seseo, which is not lisping any letter (done by everyone outside of Spain and also in differents parts of Andalucía, notably Sevilla, as well as I believe the Canary Islands). What's done in the rest of Spain is called distinción, where c and z are lisped and s is not.
For more info on ceceo/seseo you can look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seseo
To answer the original question, to pronounce escena with distinción, you would pronounce both the 's' and 'th' sounds, similar to the English word isthmus.