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Yes, pinyin "s" and "c" are different. I'm not aware of any dialects where they're merged, nor words where they're used in free variation. In contrast, s~sh and c~ch are sometimes merged.

 

So you might occasionally hear speakers of some dialects pronounce 青瓷 more like qīngchí, but never qīngsí.

 

If you're listening to one of Pleco's TTS add-ons, bear in mind TTS-generated audio will never be exactly the same as a speaker pronouncing the full word or sentence. Try 陶瓷 for comparison (might need the extended audio add-on, not sure).

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