Diaeresis – tréma
Let's Define It!
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), maïs (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)