Words by Pat Eggleton - In this Photo: a polygonal arch in Civitavecchia
It’s easy and it’s nothing to do with how many Cs!
If the C is followed by A, O or U – remember it by “cat, cot, cut” - it is a “hard c”, pronounced like a K:
Cupola [koo-pol-ah – stress on first syllable]
A C followed by an H is also hard:
A C followed by another consonant is hard:
If the c is followed by an I or an E it is” soft” and pronounced like a CH:
Città [chee-tah – stress on second syllable]