Is there a difference in the pronunciation of C and Z?

  1. ?

    i know in great britain you say z = zed. but i mean the US Z and C.

    edit: i mean the letter, when you say the alphabet.


    (sorry if this is a stupid question but english is my second language :shame:smile:
  2. C is pronouced in the US like "see". And Z is like zee.
  3. It depends on the word.

    In a word like cease, the c is pronounced 'see'

    In a word like collaboration, the c is pronounced 'kuh'
  4. Are you asking for when you are just saying the letter? Or when the letters are used in a word?

    I probably should have asked this before.
  5. zee, like what word for example?

    i meant the cease example.
  6. ah, sorry, you're right. i meant only the letter, when you say the alphabet. i should've said it first.
  7. Z would be like the z in New Zealand. - That is when you are just saying the letter and not using it in a word.
  8. okay, let's take cease and new zealand as the examples. what exactly is the difference? when i say it, it sounds the same, lol.
  9. the z in zee is prounounced the same as the z in zed if you know what that sounds like. it's softer than the german z, and quite similar to the french z i guess.
  10. yep, okay but what's the difference to the c then?
  11. c can make an s sound or a k sound depending on the word. when you say the letter c it sounds like see. and in front of an h it makes yet another sound, but a lot of european languages have the ch sound so you probably know what that sounds like.
  12. grrr, i think i should express myself better, lol.

    i meant the c = see compared to the z = new zealand.
  13. in the alphabet letter sound:
    c sounds like see
    z sounds like z in zebra or buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  14. the z in new zealand is the same z as in the beginning of zed, zee or zit. the z at the beginning of a word pretty much always makes the same sound, i can't think of one where it doesn't. that's not to say such a word doesn't exist though, the english language is a bit :noggin: when it comes to phonetics. ;)
  15. Rosemary, you can use this dictionary:
    to figure it out.

    Type in each word, then click the red speaker icon next to the result, and a window will pop-up with the right pronunciation. Then you can actually hear the difference.