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How to pronounce a French S? S or Z

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The rule states that you pronounce a written S – [s]

  • when it’s at the beginning of a word

o   sur

  • when it’s a vocal S at the end of a word

o   ours

  • when it’s a double-S

o   réussir

The rule states that you pronounce a written S - [z]

  • when it’s between two vowels (and the word doesn’t start with a prefix such as in ‘VRAIsemblablement’)

o   usé

  • when there is a liaison between a word ending in S and a vowel

o   les‿enfants, nos‿élèves, des‿œufs

/s/ /z/ English
embrasser embraser to kiss ≠ to set on fire
poisson poison fish ≠ poison
dessert sert dessert ≠ desert
saison saison season
oasis oasis oasis


Related: Pronunciation of Final Consonants . Liaisons in French


Les mois – Months

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Les mois - Months

Un mois - a month

  1. janvier .... January
  2. février .... February
  3. mars .... March
  4. avril .... April
  5. mai .... May
  6. juin .... June
  7. juillet .... July
  8. août .... August
  9. septembre .... September
  10. octobre .... October
  11. novembre .... November
  12. décembre .... December

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Playground Vocabulary – Aire de jeux


aire ou terrain de jeux

At the playground – À l’aire de jeux

More Vocabulary

  1. carousel ... m ... manège
  2. climbing wall ... m ... mur d’escalade
  3. equipment ... m ... équipement
  4. furniture ... m ... mobilier
  5. game ... m ... jeu
  6. hopscotch ... f ... marelle
  7. jungle gym ... m ... cage à écureuil
  8. labyrinthe ... m ... labyrinthe
  9. outdoors ... m ... plein air
  10. play set ... f ... station de jeux
  11. playground ... f ... aire de jeux
  12. rope ... f ... corde
  13. roundabout ... m ... tourniquet
  14. sand box ... m ... bac à sable
  15. scooter ... f ... trottinette
  16. see-saw ... m ... tape-cul
  17. slide ... f ... toboggan
  18. swing ... f ... balançoire
  19. swings set ... m ... portique
  20. trampoline ... m ... trampoline



Pronunciation Final Consonants

Pronunciation Final Consonants

Pronunciation Final Consonants

Pronunciation Final consonants - Knowing how to pronounce a French word is not intuitive. The end of words is particularly finicky. Let’s see how it works.

With words ending in –E, the final –E is mute, and therefore the preceding final consonant is pronounced. This rule is pretty definite.

  • J’aime manger une pomme.
  • I like to eat an apple.

o   J’aime (pronounce the M)

o   une (pronounce the N)

o   pomme (pronounce the M)

It would be too chaotic to sort these words in categories, because there would be as many words fitting the rule as there would be exceptions.

Here are the ones I find most common, or most commonly mispronounced.

Words with a silent final consonant

  • art .... art
  • blanc .... white
  • estomac .... stomach
  • œufs .... eggs
  • sang .... blood

Words with a vocal final consonant

  • août .... August
  • avec .... with
  • bonus ... bonus
  • fier .... proud
  • œuf .... egg

Words that go both ways

  • un bout .... a piece
  • un bout .... a boat rope
  • les vins bus .... the wine drunk
  • un bus .... a bus
  • un coût .... cost .... un coût
  • des os .... bones
  • un os .... a bone

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French Command Forms


Faisons grève

Although command forms have two tenses in French – present and past – there is no need to worry too much about the past, as it is almost never used. We’ll focus here on the present tense of command forms.

two principles

  • 1. first principle: there are only three forms in the French command form:
  • familiar – 2nd person singular
  • inclusive – 1st person plural
  • formal – 2nd person plural
  • 2. second principle: there are no personal pronouns in the French command form:
  • Sois sympa ! (Be nice)             not             tu sois sympa !
  • Vendons ! (Let’s sell)              not             nous vendons !
  • Levez-vous ! (Get up)             not             vous levez-vous !


  • Very often, French commands come with an exclamation point.
  • Some verbs do not have a command form: pouvoir (to be able to, can), pleuvoir (to rain), falloir (to have to, must), faillir[verbe] (to almost [verb] something),

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Translate these twenty sentences into French, using a command form.

  1. Take a pen.
  2. Let’s get out of the room.
  3. Close the door.
  4. Have patience.
  5. Let’s be nice.
  6. Know your lesson by tomorrow.
  7. Please sign here.
  8. Don’t eat too much cake.
  9. Stop there.
  10. Let’s not pick any.
  11. Sit down.
  12. Let’s not rush.
  13. Have fun.
  14. Go away.
  15. Let’s not sleep here.
  16. Don’t be so angry.
  17. Don’t run.
  18. Please don’t speak so fast.
  19. Don’t listen to what she says.
  20. Don’t take a stroll in this park.

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