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Presentation and Practice: s, z, ce/ci

 

About these Consonants:

►The consonant spelled s is pronounced essentially the same in Spain and in Latin America.

►The consonants spelled z, c (ce/ci only) are pronounced differently in Latin America and Spain.
 
 

Pronunciation of s, ce/ci in Latin America (LTAM) and Spain (SP)

According to Phonological Context

  s LTAM/SP [s] except→→[z] before voiced consonant*  
  z

LTAM

SP

[s] except→→[z] before voiced consonant*

voiceless th (bath) except→→voiced th (father) before voiced consonant*

 
  ce/ci

LTAM

SP

[s] in all contexts

voiceless [th] in all contexts

 
      *b, d, g, l, m, n, ñ, v, y  
 
  Práctica: s, z, ce/ci
Click the ► symbol for the type of Spanish you prefer. Following along with the script below, repeat after the speaker.
 
     
  (LTAM)    
       
     (SP)      
           
  s = [s]; z = [s / th1] presidente Susana visitar  
    González1 manzana1 vez1  
    El presidente visita el museo.  
    Vázquez1 cruza1 la calle.  
   
  1. Listen for the voiceless th (as in bath) in the recording of the Spanish (Castilian) speaker.
           
  s = [z]; z = [z / th2] comunismo hablas bien    
    aislado es hielo    
    ¿Quieres verlo?  Es bonito, ¿no?  
    Hazme2 un favor.      
    López2 me conoce.      
   
  1. Listen for the voiced th (as in father) in the recording of the Spanish (Castilian) speaker.
           
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