The letter C has two pronunciations:
1) Soft – In front of a soft vowel, C is pronounced like an S. Phonetic symbol: [s]
|the letter c|
2) Hard – In front of a hard vowel or a consonant, C is pronounced like a K. Phonetic symbol: [k]
When C precedes a hard vowel but needs a soft pronunciation, ç (cédille) is added to make it soft. That’s why ç is only used in front of the hard vowels A, O, or U, never in front of the soft vowels E, I, or Y.
|ça va ?||how are you?|