How Do You Pronounce French Words?


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One rule for pronouncing words in French is that when the letter "e" appears at the end of the word, it is silent. However, the exception to this rule is when the "e" follows an "l," "r" or "n." In this case it is pronounced as a short "uh" sound, and the syllable that comes before it is stressed. Another rule for French pronunciation is when "il" and "ille" are at the end of the word, it is pronounced "ee."

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How Do You Pronounce French Words?
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Pronunciation rules in French have many exceptions. Another example of a rule with exceptions involves the letter "s." When "s" is the last letter in the word, it is silent. The exception to this is when the word precedes another word that starts with a vowel. In this case, the "s" is pronounced with a "z" sound. This is one of three liaison rules in the French language. The letter "s" is also pronounced as a "z" sound when in the middle of a word and surrounded by vowels.

The letter "t" also has many rules. When "t" is put before "ion," it is pronounced with a soft "s" sound as in "sit." Additionally, when "t" is the last letter of a word, it is also silent. There are very few words that are an exception to that rule.

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