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Another spelling lesson from
The letter C “is no letter at all” John Baret 1580.

The letter C is a problem letter that has been talked about over the centuries.

Its sound can be “K” “S” “ch” “sh” “q- cue” or silent

In this lesson we’re looking at its sounds, rules and history.

hard c- “k” (before a, o, u) cod, cat, curl, cold, cross
soft c “s” (before e, i, y) city, nice, face, circle, cement, cigarette, cinema, cyst, cycle, flaccid
hard c -cc- “k” account, soccer, accrue, occupy, yucca, occasion
soft c -cc- “s” (before e, i, y) accept, eccentric, occidental
c- “ch” cello, vermicelli, cappuccino- foreign borrowed words
-c- sh” special, liquorice, ocean
silent c -muscle, science, indict
“que” sound – cue, cucumber, cure curiosity

We can have the British ‘kerb’ v the American ‘curb’, and disk (British) v disc (American)

Since the 1700s the Q, K, S sounds are or have been used for Islam’s holy book – Coran, Koran to now-favoured Quran or Qur’an.

Let’s look at the history of this letter and why it’s a strange one.

In Anglo Saxon English C was pronounced k and ch then the French invaded in 1066 and introduced the soft C (S sound).

The French scribes wrote C before i and e making it soft “s”– cell, city, procession, cellar, citizen, grace, palace

Modern words follow this old rule:

A soft c “s” before i, e or y – cinema, decide, celebrate, cemetery, cyber, cigarette, cylinder, centre/center, decide, cent, acceptance.

A hard c “K” before a, o, u, or a consonant, or at the end of words – can, could, cut, class, public, back, colour/color, Canada, claim

let’s look at some words with both sounds
bicycle = by/si/kul
cycle = “sy kul)
reconcile ( re con cile – hard c before o and soft c before i

It’s a good rule but with all rules there are exceptions so look out for them.

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  1. Hello joanne i benefit from your youtube videos more than the esol class i pay for :/
    I had an assessment today I was hoping for level 2 but failed ( on spelling ) and I have to do level 1 now which I think is gonna effect me when i wanna do my access to higher education my issue is spelling !!

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