How Does The Letter C Sound?Posted by Mike Schuck
Let’s look at an example! The word is ‘run’. If you ‘run’ your hand up the side of this page, you will see that some letters are higher than others. These high position letters make words like ‘rung’ and ‘running’.
The letter R is in a high position so it makes words such as run, drum, professor, etc. A is in a low position so it makes words such aspan,man,phone,etc.
C is in a middle position so it makes words such ascage,continual,discussion,etc.
So what happens when we have a word that contains both a vowel and a consonant? For instance, what if I said there is a word with the letter c and then the letter o sounds? That would be crocoite or coconated, right?
Well, how does the sound of the word coco relate to the word cocaine? They share their last syllable! This means they each have a -tate ending. So which one is which?
That depends on whether you say the second l is long or short. Since we know the phonetic alphabet for vowels, we can use those to determine which l is longer. Your browser may also help by suggesting possible pronunciations for similar sounding letters.
Letter C sounds like a cat
The letter c is a sound that comes from the nose, mouth, or both. When it comes from the nose, then it is nasalized. When it comes from the mouth, then it is voiced. A voiceless c is just plain old c!
When the letter c is pronounced as a k, then we have an sibilant consonant. An sibilant means to break up the flow of speech by not letting the voice carry through. For example, if you say “cat” slowly, then you can hear how the silence behind the word breaks up the flow of your sentence.
With the sibilant pronunciation of the letter c, there are two possible ways to say the name Cat. One way says ka-t and the other says ca-t. Which one is correct depends on whether you want the t to be sounded more like a ts (dental) or a pt (alveolar).
Letter C sounds like a horse
The letter “C” sound is sometimes referred to as the neigh-sound or whinny-sound because it is usually made when you say the word “horse” or any other words that start with the letters “hor-.”
When we speak, our voice produces different frequencies depending upon what we are saying and how we are speaking. When we pronounce the letter “C�” there is an additional tone of voice that gets added onto the frequency of the oral vowels which make up the letter “C.�” This extra tone is either higher or lower than normal.
The high pitch version of the letter “C” is typically not heard in native English speakers unless they have a very strong accent. For example, if you say the word “horse” in a British or American accent, then you would know that the “h” has this high pitched “neigh” quality. However, if you say the same thing with a French accent, then you will not hear this effect for the reason mentioned above — they do not use the letter “C” in their language.
Letter C sounds like a sheep
The letter c sound is one of the most confusing to learn in the English language, especially as it relates to words that start with the letter c. When learning how to pronounce these words correctly, there are some tricky parts!
The first thing you need to know about the letter c is that when it occurs after another consonant, it becomes kind of soft or mute. This means that it blends into the next word more than it would if it was not mixed in with anything else.
This effect is called phasing, and it is used a lot in languages. For example, the word champagne has an s at the end which makes it slightly softer. Phrases such as champagne and lollipop have this soft ending making them seem less pronounced and therefore sounding weaker and shorter.
This is why people sometimes say something like carpe diem instead of just saying capture the day- we add the d to make it longer. Another way to use phase is within a word, so instead of writing “the” before your word, write “a�” because even though both begin with the letter c, they are different sounds.
A similar concept is when you hear someone speak another language – natively. Some speakers mix up the sounds of their own language, dropping certain sounds and adding others. This happens often with English speaking individuals who are familiar with the language.
Letter C sounds like a woman
Let’s look at some examples!
The first word is “caramel,” which has the letter c as its sound value. The second word is “apple,” which also has the letter c as its main tone.
When you say the letter c as a sound, it can be your voice that changes. In the case of the word “apple,” you could yell “app-LEE!” or whisper “a-PLEE!”
A rising intonation goes up in pitch, and a falling intonation drops in pitch. You get those effects with the letter c when it functions as a sound.
With the word “caramel,” my voice goes up when I say the c, creating a higher note. For the word “apple,” my voice drops when I say the c, creating a lower note.
I will use these rules to improve my own speaking voice. My hope is that one day people will listen to me because they want to hear how I would normally speak, not how I wanted to speak for the microphone. (Hehe)
There are many ways to learn this technique, so you should choose one that fits you best. Some good sources include YouTube, blogs, books, and apps.
Letter C sounds like a water
Let’s look at some examples of the letter c sound. The word _cocoa_ has the sound oo-kwa. A soft “o”, as in _book_. An uppercase K is needed to make this sound because there is already an l in the word.
The word _cat_ has the sound ka-t. We have mentioned before that many English words begin with a consonant or vowel sound and then get modified by a suffix or prefix. This is what happens with the k sound.
A prepositional prefix for the k sound is -er. So, the word for cat is actually keeter! (With an r instead of an e.)
Another way to say ‘cat’ is kitten. That s comes from the Latin word meaning small.
Letter C sounds like a clock
The letter c sound is one of the most recognizable sounds in the English language. You probably know it when you hear it, even if you can’t quite place what word it belongs to.
The letter c sound is made by rolling your tongue backwards so that it forms a soft closed roof over the top of your mouth – just like rolling up a sleeve or putting your hand inside a bag.
When the sound “c” happens, some say that it has a ticking quality to it — kind of like how a clock ticks away time.
That’s why you may have heard people refer to something as a “clock hour” or a “clock topic”. Or they might call someone a “timid person” or a “lackluster person” because they seem to take a lot of time before doing things. (More about this under Point number two.
Letter C sounds like a dog whistle
The letter ‘C’ is one of the most popular letters in the English alphabet, but how does it sound?
Most people are aware that the word car means vehicle, or something that you use to get around, but what many don’t know is that the first written example of the word car doesn’t actually contain an instance of the letter “c”.
The word for carriage in Latin was vehiculum, which is also the source language for the word vehicle in English. So instead of having a car as its direct ancestor, the word carrier in English can be traced back to vehicular-something that carries things from place to place.
Another interesting fact about the letter ‘C’ is that it only appears once in the English alphabet, so it would not have been present when the words vehicle and carrier were coined. This could possibly contribute to why these two words seem similar even though they aren’t related directly.
In this article we will look at the different ways the letter ‘C’ has sounded throughout history, and some possible reasons why the same sound was used for both vehicle and carrier. Then, we will discuss some alternatives to consider if you feel that using the word car for either concept is getting too close for comfort.
Letter C sounds like a kitten
The letter c sound is one of the most popular sounds in the English language. It is pronounced [kitten] and it comes from the old, Latin alphabet. When writing your own name or words, you can use this sound by adding an s at the end! For example, Susan’s name contains the letter c so if you wanted to say “Susan cats love mice” then would be saying “Susans love mousey kittens”.
The reason the letter c sounds like a cat is because when the Romans spoke their language, they made every consonant like the ones we have today by putting air coming out of your mouth next to it. So they called the sound o a voiceless consonant because there was no voice coming out of your throat to make it sound like a vowel.
That is why the word ocean has the silent e as its vowel even though it ends with an o, because the i is not voiced. This also applies to the f sound which is usually called the voiceless pharyngealized fricative due to that fact. You will learn more about the phonetics of the english language later.
Knowing how to pronounce some of the hardest letters sounds in the english language can help give your speech flavor and self-confidence.
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