Some basics about French pronunciation
- You never pronounce « s » when it is at the end of a noun.
« s » shows that the noun is plural. You never pronounce « s » when the word is plural.
- In general, you do not pronounce the letter « e » at the end of a noun.
But « e » can influence the pronunciation of the last syllable.
You pronounce the word: curieuz***
You need to pronounce the last consonant because of the presence of « e » at the end of the word.
- In general, you do not pronounce the last consonant: intelligent (you do not pronounce “t”)
- The links:
Les écoles = lezécol***
Les = lé / écoles
In French, we tend to avoid the pronunciation of 2 consecutive vowels. So we make links.
In les écoles. « s » is pronounced « z » to make the pronunciation easier.
- “e” is always silent at the end of a word.
l’école There is “e” at the end, but you just pronounce “l”.
- When a verb finishes by -ent, you never pronounce these letters. Ils dansent = il dans (you do not pronounce -ent but you have to pronounce the last consonant).
- – tion: réception; révolution… You certainly understand these words. But be careful, the pronunciation of the last syllable is -sion
Listen to the pronunciation of the words written in italics in this article: