In French, when a word ending in a normally silent consonant is followed by a vowel or h muet, that consonant might be transferred onto the next word. This euphonic technique is called a liaison and it’s one of the aspects of French pronunciation that can make it difficult to determine where one word ends and the next begins.
|un||[uh(n)]||un homme||[uh(n) nuhm]|
Certain consonants offer a further complication: they change sound. The normally silent s at the end of vous is not pronounced [s] in a liaison, but rather like [z]. Other consonants have similar changes – see chart. ==>
|vous||[voo]||vous avez||[voo zah vay]|
|deux||[deu]||deux enfants||[deu za(n) fa(n)]|
- Lawless French pronunciation key
- Conversational French
- H muet