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"The letter combinations EAU and AU"


FrereRobert C.
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le 18.06.2019

Chers amis:

Bon aprem et bon mardi! The letter combinations EAU and AU sound the same. "OH" It can be confusing sometimes but be careful. "Au commencement". "les eaux", "AU debut", Cadeau". Why do they sound the same?? French can be funny sometimes too.

FrereRobert C. Aux USA (Michigan)


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davidsdottir
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I'd hazard a guess that the eau ones are something to do with their etymology, but it is just a guess. Whatever language one learns, one has to adopt an accepting mindset, "it's just that way". Be puzzled, by all means, but accept and move on, and use what one may perceive as oddness to help remember.

When it comes to oddness, there's little to beat English, after all. Who decided that ough could be pronounced so many different ways, for example? cough, tough, through, thorough, bough, etc. Plus I pronounce it the same in cough and in thought, but there are regional variations, I know. Why do US speakers pronounce Pittsburgh as Pittsburg but we pronounce Edinburgh as Edinburra? And often in England town names end in -borough (another -ough), an alternative to burgh, and which I would tend to pronounce the same as our -burgh, but I think isn't generally pronounced that way down south, but nearer to burrow.

At Uni, to illustrate some of English's idiosyncrasies, a German tutor introduced us to the "word" GHOTI, and asked us how to pronounce it ... What do you reckon?


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FrereRobert C.
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Cher DD: Merci bcp! Je vous apprecie! :D!!!

FrereRobert C. Aux USA (Michigan)


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