Liaison – liaison
Let's Define It!
What's a *liaison*?
A liaison in French occurs as the result of linking two words for ease of prounciation.
More specifically, the liaison happens when a final consonant (which is usually silent) gets pronounced in front of a vowel.
For example, let's consider the phrase "les amandes (the almonds)" --> [the final
in *les* is always silent when this article is pronounced individually, however, when followed by [a]mandes, the silent turns to a [z] sound.
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?
Here are five phrases (or word combinations) in which you can hear the liaisons at play:
Il est allé (he went) -->
Je viens à toi (I come to you) -->
Que prend-elle? (What does she take?) -->
Vous êtes attendus à 10 heures chez le médecin (You are expected at 10 o'clock at the doctor's). -->