https://www.duolingo.com/rava-ananaso

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

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https://www.duolingo.com/chaered

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.

July 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/rava-ananaso

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.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

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

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

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/junelac

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

July 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bajanisto

Yes! — See also Concise grammar: Pronunciation at lernu!.

July 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

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

July 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bajanisto

tsunami [tsuːˈnɑːmi]? — (eo) cunamo

July 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

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".)

July 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/orthohawk

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

July 31, 2015
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