French Liaisons – Today’s French

Say Liaison In French

French Liaisons – Les liaisons en français

A liaison is the change in pronunciation between a word that ends in an otherwise silent consonant and the following word.

Liaisons make French really difficult to understand – what you read is not what you hear. A liaison is the change in pronunciation between a word that ends in an otherwise silent consonant – or sometimes an H, and the following word.

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Often studied together

  1. Liaison – un faux‿ami
    • Liaison obligatoire – les‿enfants
    • Liaison facultative – Ils sont‿à Paris.
    • Liaison impossible – Et‿encore !
  2. Enchaînement consonantique – une petite‿erreur
  3. Enchaînement vocalique – tu‿as‿un cours
  4. The letter H — here or here as a member
    • aspirated H – le hameau
    • silent H – l’habitude

Mini Quiz - French Liaisons

Decide if there is a liaison (‿) not (ø).
    We're leaving for France.
    a friend
    a false cognate
    and he left
    the day before yesterday
    from time to time

Encore !

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