French rules

Letter “C” pronounced as “S” or as “K”

“c” pronounced as “s” only before: “i” and “e”. Example: c’est cinema.

Before other letters “c” pronounced as “k”. Example: commercial.

To force “c” pronounce as “s” you need to use “ç” (cedilla or une cédille). Examples: comme ci, comme ça; France vs Français.


Be CaReFuL! Final Consonant Pronunciation in French

If a French word ends in C, R, F or L (the letters in CaReFuL), the final letter is pronounced.

If the word ends with another letter, the final letter is silent

This doesn’t work if the final letter is a “e”, “b”, “k” or “q” though. But since “b”, “k” and “q” are almost never used as final letters in French, the CaReFuL works in most cases.