"Est-il laid ?"

Translation:Is he ugly?

January 3, 2013



why is is pronounced "eh-ss-t" instead of "eh-t"?

January 3, 2013


I think it's just a mistake in the recording

January 4, 2013


Because it's wrong... EVERYWHERE it's used.

February 3, 2013


yup-- it should be "ay-teel"

February 9, 2013


Eh-teel, not ay-teel.

September 20, 2014


What is funny is that I was taught "ay" by my Belgian French teacher.

June 23, 2015


probably her accent. but honestly, I would understand 'ey-teel' as well as 'eh-teel'. I tend to say 'ey' for 'est' and 'eh' for 'et' anyway. Maybe that's wrong. shrug I'm a descriptivist, and I'm a foreign speaker, it's not gonna be perfect.

November 21, 2016


When a consonant sound that would normally not be pronounced---" est" comes before a vowel, the final consonant IS pronounced.

July 25, 2013


and the final consonant is S, not T, right?

January 27, 2014


The final s or t is pronounced when in front of a vowel or silent h. Although the s seems to be exaggerated here (incorrectly). In French they like things to sound good, so sometimes they will throw in a t if there isn't one just to make it sound nice, as in : comment va-t-il ?

March 24, 2014


yes, well i thought only T should have been pronounced here, like in "Quelle heure est-il?"

March 25, 2014


You are correct. The "s" is always silent when the meaning of "est" is "is." Both the "s" and the "t" are pronounced, when "est" means "east."

March 25, 2014


Yes I am so sorry I meant s or t. Not both. I regret my error. I have corrected it. I hope no confusion. I read your question completely wrong. Je suis tres, tres desolee.

March 26, 2014


as an aside, especially in French Canada, sometimes /t/ that comes close to a front vowel like /i/ takes on a sort of a [ts] sound, so for example "petit" can sound more like "petsee". I don't think this is as strong in European French but I think it does still happen very subtly (I'm open to correction on that). So you might be hearing a bit of that in the "t" that is pronounced because of the following "il". (sounding just a tiny bit like "eh - tsil"

January 29, 2018


It's called a liaison and it happens when a consonant is pronounced at the end of the word when followed by a vowel. For example: c'est affreux is pronounced set-afruh (sort of - sorry for that horrible phonetic translation!)

February 17, 2014


Even after 4 years it has not been corrected. That is very disheartening. Is anyone out there listening? This isn't the only grossly wrong pronunciation. (Did you note forte pronounced as for-tay?)

November 10, 2017


Pronunciation seems to be correct now. (11 April 2019)

April 11, 2019


What's the difference in pronunciation of ugly (laid) and milk(lait)? Or is it contextual?

August 23, 2013


the pronunciation is exactly the same for "laid" and "lait".

but since "lait" is a noun and "laid" an adjective, the sentence would tell which is which:

  • it is milk = c'est du lait
  • he is ugly = il est laid
July 19, 2016


When a friend tries to set you up on a blind date...

December 7, 2016


If the answer is anywhere between "yes" and "somewhat", the next question is "est-il riche ?"

December 9, 2016


I know duolingo pronunciation isn't perfect, but it sounds like the recording for this one says, "Eh-til loo lay?" Google translate doesn't have the "loo" sound, which is in line with how I thought it would be pronounced. Like, "Eh-til lay?"

Could anyone weigh in on this? Thanks!

July 19, 2016


The man says "Et-il" and the woman "Est-il". Which is right? The man sounds better to me

July 25, 2015


the s in "est" is mute. it should not be pronounced

July 31, 2017


on peut dire aussi "moche", non?

October 19, 2017


Yes, you can, "moche" is accepted.

October 19, 2017


is he "laid"? Oh the irony

October 24, 2017


Could we find a more appropriate example please?

April 22, 2019


I think a better example could be found. I don't think I would want my kids to learn how to speak in this manner.

April 29, 2019


The importance of this question can never be undermined

December 11, 2016


Is it milk? Isnt that correct too?

May 29, 2017


No, because even in dictation, the French would be "est-ce du lait ?"

May 31, 2017

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    Well, he might be, but at least he writes French better than you pronounce it, Computer Woman.

    January 3, 2018


    Duos being really mean this lesson ;(

    February 20, 2018


    the dogs are vicious, the cat is fat and the man is probably ugly

    February 24, 2019


    Well I'm a bit self conscious now thanks

    June 29, 2018


    Laid = ugly. Lait = milk. But both pronounced the same right?

    March 6, 2019


    Write in dict.leo.org est and you can hear: e.s.t

    August 30, 2013


    That's perhaps because "est" also means "east," and when it has that meaning all three letters are pronounced.

    November 4, 2013
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