Basic tips on pronunciation.
Unlike in English, each syllable is stressed equally.
Homophones words are words hat have the same pronounciation but different meanings and spellings. Exemple: cher: dear (masculine) chère: dear (feminine) chair: flesh
un avocat: a lawyer or an avocado,
la faim: hunger, la fin: the end
le sel: salt, la selle: saddle,
Do not pronounce the letter h at the beginning of a word. Example: l'hôpital (the hospital)
At the end of a word.
- Do not pronounce the consonants . Example: les gens (people), des haricots (beans) mangez! (Eat!), ne pas déranger! (Do not disturb!) However, when using the articles, les or des, before a word starting with a vowel, pronounce the s as a z. Example: Les enfants, it will sound like lezenfants (the children), les avions (the planes)
- If there is a 'e' after a consonant, pronounce the consonant but not the 'e' Example: la salade (the salad), la poste (the post office)