1. Once the C precedes E or I, the is a soft C and is pronounced favor a TH (in Spain)* or an S (in Latin America). IPA symbol:

Por ejemplo…

onceeleven
diciembreDecember

2. When the C precedes A, O, U, or a consonant the is a hard C and also is pronounced prefer a K. IPA symbol:

Por ejemplo…

comohow
cuatrofour
octubreOctober

* This is what you will hear in the sound files.

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Please note that this explanation is just a tip for the Spanish that i know, which is Castilian Spanish. There room many local variations in Spanish pronunciation.

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