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Pronunciation: ç

Pronouncing ç.
Pronunciation C

1. One of the words we have just learnt has this character: ç.

Com licença = Excuse me.

There is only one possible sound for ç. It sounds like ‘s’ in ‘simple’.

Here is another word with ç:

França = France Listen

The little hook placed under letter c is called cedilha. Letter c itself is called cê. So letter c with the little hook is called cê-cedilha. However, it is enough to simply say cedilha to mean ç.


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The only possible letter combinations with ç are ça – ço – çu: Listen

That is all you need to know about ç!

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