Spanish Consonant

The Spanish letter C can be pronounced in two different ways.

1. When the C precedes E or I, it is a soft C and is pronounced like the TH in "thin" (in Spain)* or like the S in "say" (in Latin America). IPA symbol: [s]

Por ejemplo…

once eleven
diciembre December

2. When the C precedes A, O, U, or a consonant it’s a hard C and is pronounced like a K. IPA symbol: [k]

Por ejemplo…

como how
cuatro four
octubre October

* This is what you will hear in the sound files.

Please note that this explanation is only a guideline for the Spanish that I know, which is Castilian Spanish. There are many regional variations in Spanish pronunciation.

 Related lessons

Learn French En français

Learn Italian In italiano

 Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

Spanish pronunciation

Questions about Spanish?

 Ask me in the comments section below or visit the Progress with Lawless Spanish Q+A forum to get help from native Spanish speakers and fellow learners.

More Lawless Spanish

 Subscribe to my free, weekly newsletter.

Support Lawless Spanish

  This free website is created with love and a great deal of work.

If you love it, please