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    Remember To Pronounce Your French Words Right

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    Remember To Pronounce Your French Words Right

    A distinct characteristic about the French language is the way it is pronounced. Within the French language itself; rules in grammar and pronunciation varies but there is one rule accepted and considered in using and speaking the French language in the standard way.

    As you may have noticed, final consonants on a French word are normally omitted. There is no need to pronounce the letters s, x, z, t, d, n, and m. but the rest of the consonants like c, r, y, f, and l are pronounced.

    Example: Les Miserables, Vouz

    Liaison plays an important role between French words in a sentence. It simply links two words together especially when the first word ends in consonant and the following word starts with a vowel. So in this case, when a normal silent consonant is on this situation, it needs to be pronounced.

    Example: les amants, vous avez

    If consonants are dropped in French, there is the vowel dropping as well. This time, it’s called eliason. This applies to some monosyllabic French words ending in a and e, like je and que drops the final vowel when followed by another word starting with a vowel. The missing vowel is then placed by an apostrophe.

    Example: Je ai faim = J’ai faim

    Another rule is to double the final consonant in a sentence and then add the letter e at the end producing a clearer pronunciation of the word.

    Example: Parisien = Parisienne

    What you need to focus on is how each word is used in French and if it makes sense when you start using and connecting them together. The same thing applies when you try to memorize French words and what it means – you connect the words together to form an interpretation which the human brain can easily recognize.

    There are two things that you need to do, first is to remember the number two and do everything to remember the number two.

    The sentence may not mean anything to most people. But the example used the French word “deux” which means the number two in English. The word “do” is used to emphasize the correct pronunciation of the number in French so the reader can easily remember it without messing up the French word.


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