Liaison – liaison

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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 [s] in *les* is always silent when this article is pronounced individually, however, when followed by [a]mandes, the silent [s] turns to a [z] sound.

 

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What does it sound like in French?

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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). --> 

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