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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    the pronunciation of the letter "C"

    I always pronounce the letter "C" as /s/ in words like silence and fluency,
    but when I used the online Cambridge dictionary recently, I found out that the letter "C" was pronounced as /ts/.
    So am I always wrong?
    Or is it okay to pronounce that in either way?

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: the pronunciation of the letter "C"

    I can't see much difference. After the 'n' you have your tongue of the alveolar ridge. Both /s/ and /t/ are unvoiced. To say the /s/, you have to remove your tongue from the alveolar ridge; this almost automatically makes a /t/ before the /s/.
    In contrast, saying 'silenze' or 'fluenzy' doesn't present this problem.
    I can just say 'silence' and 'fluency' without an interpolated /t/, but it takes an effort.

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    Re: the pronunciation of the letter "C"

    Raymott, thank you very much. I get your point.
    But to tell the truth, I can just say "silence" and "fluency" without an interpolated /t/, and with no effort, ha.
    I guess that is exactly why I am not a native speaker.
    Thank you very much again.

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