Diaeresis – tréma


Let's Define It!

What's a*diaeresis*?

The French tréma accent [l'accent tréma] (the diaeresis) is represented by two dots placed the letters e [ ë ] or i [ ï ] or [ ü ].

The presence of the tréma is to indicate that the vowel affected by it must be pronounced separately: ambigüité (ambiguity), Noël (Christmas), maï(corn).


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Some other French words with a tréma:

  • Zaïre (Zaïre)
  • Israël (Israel)
  • canoë (canoe)
  • naïf (naive)


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