This was a big surprise for me!
But this sort of thing should really be addressed and stressed a lot sooner in the learning process... Not exactly a fault on Duo's part since the method of learning here is a bit different, yet when I took French at school this fact was not mentioned at all. I almost feel like I have to re-learn everything I though I knew about French pronunciation. I feel so confused.
Thanks, that was very helpful! It's tricky, though, since it isn't exactly the same in Québec, which is where I've been living for the past two months. The differences are slight, however, so the video really helps. And yes, Duolingo should provide more tips on pronunciation, especially since the robot voice we have can be difficult to learn from.
Thanks for posting that link. I am astounded that I have never come across this as a formal concept. This video has the concept so clearly systemized that I now know what I am listening-for in spoken French - particularly in cases where the post-consonant 'e' gets glided-over such as when je becomes j' and thus "je suis" becomes "sh'uis". That video is a must-see.
is the G sound instead of C an exception for "seCond"? are there any other common exceptions?