French pronunciation

The letter combination SC has two possible pronunciations:

1) In front of a soft vowel, SC is pronounced as a single sound: [s]

French sound files Par exemple…
sceller   to seal
la science   science
susciter   to provoke, arouse

2) In front of a hard vowel or a consonant, the two letters are pronounced separately: [sk]

French sound files Par exemple…
un escargot   snail
scruter   to scrutinize
tarabiscoté   ornate, fussy

 The letter C on its own follows similar rules.

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