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C is never silent. 'c' has three sounds. When combined with 'h' it creates the digraph 'ch' with the same sound as english 'chair' ('choza'). When followed by 'a', 'o' or 'u' or by another consonant it has the 'k' sound ('casa', 'cobre', 'ósculo', 'actor'). When followed by 'e' or 'i' it has the 'z' sound ('cereza', 'ciruela'). Your problem arises with ...
Technically, it's different : the "s" in piscina forms part of the previous syllable (pis-ci-na). In practice, the difference in pronounciation is practically null in regions with seseo (most Latin America), where then "s" is pronounced the same as the "c": in these regions piscina sounds practically the same as pisina, especially in informal conversation. ...
There is a lot of difference. On 'piscina' you have three well differentiated syllables, that of 'pis', 'ci' and 'na', thus having differentiated terminal -s and starting z- sounds. It is of very poor quality speakers to forget the terminal -s in form of the immediate starting z- and pronounce 'picina' or 'pisina'. It sounds horrible.
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