The letter S has two pronunciations in French as in English. The French pronunciation of S in any given word can be determined with specific rules.
- Soft pronunciation – phonetic symbol [s]
– at the beginning of a word or syllable
– at the end of a syllable
– at the end of a word (very rare; it’s usually silent)
– whenever there is a double S
– before or after a consonant
- Hard pronunciation – phonetic symbol [z]
– between two vowels
– in a liaison
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