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English translation: I think you got it backwards.

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11:19 Aug 9, 2001
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Der Buchstabe "Z"
Im US-Englisch spricht man "Z" so aus: [Sii]. Aber "C" spricht man doch genau gleich aus, oder? Machen die Amis da keinen Unterschied bzw. wie erkennen sie den Unterschied?
Adrian
English translation:I think you got it backwards.
Explanation:
In English, the letter S is often pronounced like a Z. Examples:

is, his, hers, music, phase, phrase, hose, pause, plays.

The standard S sound (what 5-year olds learn in kindergarten) is the sound similar to C followed by E, I, or Y. Examples:

sand, scoff, send, sign, skunk, sleep, small, snore, sore, spark, spherical, square, massive, stellar, sun, swap, symphony.

The letter C (according to my 5-year old) sounds ka-ka-ka. Examples:

cable, back, club, acme, acne, consider, acquire, cross, cup.

But followed by certain vowels, C will sound like an S. Examples:

cenacle, acid, cynical.

This is not counting such delightful oddities as Sean, mission, ancient, asthma. And let us leave CH and SH alone for now.

It is all so deliciously confusing, not as tidy as German or Romanian. Good luck.

Fuad
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na +2I think you got it backwards.Fuad Yahya
naZ = Ziro (US-English)Ludwig Chekhovtsov
naNo, "Z" is VOICED and SIBILANT. "C" is NON-VOICED but
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No, "Z" is VOICED and SIBILANT. "C" is NON-VOICED but


Explanation:
sibilant. Aber das ist doch amerikanisch, die Engländer sagen "ZED".

Parrot
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Local time: 20:08
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Z = Ziro (US-English)


Explanation:
Z=Zed (English)

Ludwig Chekhovtsov
Local time: 14:08
Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian, Native in UkrainianUkrainian
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I think you got it backwards.


Explanation:
In English, the letter S is often pronounced like a Z. Examples:

is, his, hers, music, phase, phrase, hose, pause, plays.

The standard S sound (what 5-year olds learn in kindergarten) is the sound similar to C followed by E, I, or Y. Examples:

sand, scoff, send, sign, skunk, sleep, small, snore, sore, spark, spherical, square, massive, stellar, sun, swap, symphony.

The letter C (according to my 5-year old) sounds ka-ka-ka. Examples:

cable, back, club, acme, acne, consider, acquire, cross, cup.

But followed by certain vowels, C will sound like an S. Examples:

cenacle, acid, cynical.

This is not counting such delightful oddities as Sean, mission, ancient, asthma. And let us leave CH and SH alone for now.

It is all so deliciously confusing, not as tidy as German or Romanian. Good luck.

Fuad

Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 893
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