as far as i know the pronounciation of est is "eh" the s and t are silent but for some reason i sometimes hear the t pronounced, in what cases the the t is pronounced ?

May 3, 2020


French has a phenomenon called liason, where if a word ends with a normally silent consonant and is followed by another word that starts with a vowel, the normally silent consonant is pronounced at the beginning of the next word. For example, c’est un homme would be pronounced as “say tu nom”. Another example: les enfants is pronounced something like “lay zahfah”.

That's what's known as a liaison. When a consonant at the end of a word is followed by a vowel (or an h muet) it usually attaches itself to the next word. For example, "petit ami" (literally "little friend," a slightly old-fashioned way of saying "boyfriend") is pronounced like "pe-ti t'a-mee." Note that there are certain liaisons that are forbidden or optional, and that certain letters change sound when in a liaison. Bon apprentissage ! Happy learning!

It’s hard to say two vowels next to each other - try it! Easier to pop in an otherwise silent consonant!

N.B. it’s the same after je suis or tu es: pronounce the /s/ before a following vowel.

Good idea to reread the full gamut of rules but that’s the rule of thumb

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