Shifting S and S-Wanna-Be-Z

Shifting S, Z and C
Shifting S, Z and C

The Spanish “S” sounds like the “S” in the English word, Sink.

The letter “Z” also sounds like the “S” in the English word, Sink.

And, the letter “C” takes this same “S” sound if it occurs before an “E” or an “I.”

Worse, in Spain, the “C” before “E” or “I” sounds like a “TH-Lisp.”

Of course, if you travel to Spain, you get used to this accent…so don’t obsess about this quirk.

Examples:

 
A
E
I
O
U
S
 
sapo
seca
signo
sofá
sur
Z
 
zapata
zenit
zigzag
zona
zurcir
C
 
cerca
cine