French consonant

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)
  • before or after a consonant
  • whenever there is a double S
French sound files Par exemple…
the letter s
la soupe   soup
le stade   stadium
le fils   son
le poisson   fish

Hard pronunciation

Phonetic symbol [z]

French sound files Par exemple…
le visage   face
ils ont   they have

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