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Pronouncing C

Could someone explain how I physically form the sound in my mouth? How do you put it in the beginning of a word? English mostly has it at the end of words. People are always so confusing when they say it's like catsup or whatever. Guess I don't know how to isolate the sound when people give examples like that.

I also almost never heard the difference between c and s and then it sometimes sounds like th or just t.

July 20, 2015



Try alternating between saying and "shoe" and "chew" first, and then between "sue" and the Esperanto syllable "cu". Same addition of a "T" before the hiss.


This is pretty helpful, thank you! I'll keep trying to get it. It's a sound I've stumbled with in Japanese and Quebec French also and no one else ever seems to have a problem with it, ugh. I've been trying to learn to hear the difference by using the Japanese word スーツ and hopefully I'll someday get it.


You can say the word "cats" right? caTS. haTS

To anyone who knows Hebrew C in Espeanto = צ in Hebrew.


You pronounce it 'ts', like in the word Tsar.


"Like in the word Tsar" -- many English people pronouns this as if it were spelled "zar". So that's only semi-helpful :)


tsunami [tsuːˈnɑːmi]? — (eo) cunamo


Many say "sunami".

"ts-" at the beginning of a word is not really "allowed" in English and so foreign words that start with that sound usually get simplified. (Similarly with "ps-" in words such as "psychology".)


Form it the same way thee does when thee says "cats". The inability to transfer it to initial position is just a mind block.

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