FRENCH Lesson 1-Intro[2/3]

HOW TO PRONOUNCE FRENCH CONSONANTS

Final consonants of a word are usually dropped: allez (go) is pronounced ahl-AY, not ahl-AYZ; tard (late) is pronounce tar, not tard. Also a final “e” is usually silent. But if the next word begins with a vowel, the consonant may be pronounced; this is called liaison.

Stress is usually on the last syllable of a phrase, but sometimes when a word is emphasized, the stress moves to the middle of the word.

b
like “b” in “bed”
c
like “k” in “kill” (before “a”, “o”, and “u”), like “s” in “sun” (before “e” and “i”)
ç 
like “s” in “sun”
d
like “d” in “death”
f
like “f” in “fun”
g
like “g” in “go” (before “a”, “o”, and “u”), like “g” in “sabotage” (before “e” and “i” and at the end of words)
h
usually silent
j
like “g” in “sabotage”
k
like “k” in “kill”
l
like “l” in “like”
m
like “m” in “me”
n
like “n” in “nurse” (but see ‘Diphthongs’ below)
p
like “p” in “push”
q(u)
like “k” in “kill” (not like “qu” in “quick”)
r
guttural; kind of like coughing up a hairball
s
like “s” in “sun”; like “z” in “zero” (between two vowels)
t
like “t” in “take”
v
like “v” in “value”
x
like “x” in “exit”
z
like “z” in “zero”

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