On the previous page you learned how to use accent marks.
Learning French pronunciation and accents is something that every learner wants to achieve.
Though job though…
Learn how to pronounce French liaison in 3 steps with examples and audio clips.
- Step 1: Learn how to identify silent consonants and final letters.
- Step 2: Learn when the liaison is pronounced [z] or [t].
- Step 3: Learn when and how to pronounce liaison correctly.
French Pronunciation of silent consonants and final letters
Usually, don’t pronounce:
- The final -e (except if the word has one syllable only);
- Verbs endings in -e, -es, -ent;
- The final consonants -d, -n, -p, -s, -t, -x, -z;
Even if the final letter is a silent consonant, this is added to the following word starting with a vowel or a mute -h.
These statements seem a bit difficult but don’t worry! You’ll see what I’m talking about with the following examples:
- [/] Marie est partie
- [/] Ils mangent
- [/] C’est merveilleux
- [z] un merveilleux hôtel
- [z] mes amis
Are you ready for the second step?
Let’s get started!
Liaison pronounced [z] or [t]
- The letters -s, -x, -z are pronounced [z] in a liaison
- -s = [z] Ils ont faim
- -x = [z] Il est dix heures
- -z = [z] On va chez eux
- The letter -d is pronounced [t] in a liaison
- -d = [t] C’est un grand arbre
Let’s go to the last step now!
When do you pronounce the liaison?
All sentences are divided into groups. So you have to find out which word is related to which other word.
For instance in English: The big donkey eats an animal.= 3 groups
You can notice that even in English the indefinite article -a takes an extra -n before a word starting with a vowel.
This is just to make the pronunciation easier!
Let’s go back to French.
The liaison between the final letter of a word with the following syllable is compulsory in 4 cases:
● A noun and its article
- → Ex: les enfants
● A noun and its adjective if preceding the noun
- → Ex: le petit animal
● The verb and its pronoun
- → Ex: Ils ont un chien
- → Ex: Vas-y!
● The adverbs très and trop with the adjective.
- → Ex: C’est très intéressant.
- → Ex: C’est trop important.
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