#EngTrivia: Hard and Soft Sound

Hello, fellas! How are you today? I hope your Monday went smashing.

Today, we’re going to talk about the pronunciation of two particular letters in English alphabet, ‘c’ and ‘g’.

Both letters can produce what we call hard and soft sound, depending on the letters that follow them. Let’s start with ‘c’.

If followed by the vowels a, o, and u, ‘c’ will be pronounced as [k], as in cat, car, café, coffee, cup, Cuba, etc.

But when the next letter is the vowels e, i, and y, ‘c’ will produce soft sound [s]. E.g. cellar, cent, cinder, cyber.

There are however some words that do not follow this rules, such as Celtic (pronounced \’kel-tik) and soccer.

As in façade [\fə-ˈsäd\], the soft sound of ‘c’ is indicated by the cedilla to its bottom (ç).

Next, we have ‘g’ which can be pronounced as [g] if followed by vowels a, o, u, and [\ˈjē\] if followed by e, i, and y.

Example of the hard sound: gall, gas, God, gum. Example of the soft sound: gem, general, surgery, gesture, gist, gif, rigid, gym, prodigy, gyroscope.

Exception occurs on several words, such as girl, gill, tiger, giddy, give, get, gift, in which the ‘g’ produces hard sound.

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That’s all for today! I hope this can help you improve your pronunciation. Check also many other topics at . See ya!
Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 31 August, 2015

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