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Comment prononcer le mot PLUS
Comment prononcer le mot PLUS
French is without doubt quite a difficult language to master and pronunciation is especially challenging for us native English speakers. Besides the difficulty of producing the right sounds, there are such things as liaison and silent letters to consider. And, occasionally, we meet a word like PLUS, which is pronounced differently depending on the grammatical context.
Why is English spelling so damn weird?
I know that on the face of it this seems not to be about French, but as we know L'anglais n'est que du français mal prononcé (Alexandre Dumas).
Lawless French
Euphonic adjectives
"French grammar is sometimes trumped by pronunciation, as in the case of euphonic adjectives. French does not like the hiatus created when a word ending with a vowel precedes a word that begins with a vowel or mute h, and because of this a few adjectives change their spelling for purely euphonic reasons.
Lawless French
"In French, whenever a word ending in a consonant sound is followed by a vowel or h muet, that consonant sound is transferred onto the next word. This euphonic technique is called enchaînement ."
Le secret pour améliorer sa prononciation
I have been following Johan at Français Authentique for many years, during which time his material has consistently been of high quality. Here he gives some very good advice concerning pronunciation, something that can be critical in determining whether you are understood or not when in conversation with a native French speaker. Presented in French at an intermediate level.
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