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The speaking portion does seem to swallow some words. I often have to slow it down. Et is pronounced as EH and il would be EEL but the i (EE) is soft and swallowed a bit by the l sound. Often the words will be liaised together (which is to say...the sounds are connected from the end of one word to another) but as others have said this is not done with et because est (il/elle/on conjugation of etre - to be) sounds the same. So differentiation is needed. I hope this helps, trying to explain enunciation through text is rather difficult.
"ç", with a cedilla below makes the "c" pronounced as SS instead of K. It is necessary in front of "hard vowels": a, o, u.
"é", (E accent aigu = acute accent) is pronounced EH
"è", (E accent grave = grave accent) is pronounced EAH (approximately)
"à" (A accent grave) is pronounced like a regular A
to know more: http://french.about.com/od/pronunciation/a/accents.htm
How do you say, " This is ridiculous"? How would one know which choice to make having only the knowledge so far learned here? I don't even know what the choices nor even the sentence means -- no underscored links. So I merely chose "a" (whatever it means) to mirror the 2nd part of the apparent idiom, and got it wrong.