How to Pronounce Forbidden Liaisons in French

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Forbidden liaisons are those which cannot be pronounced no matter what register of French is being spoken. Forbidden liaisons sometimes occur when their pronunciation would otherwise cause confusion due to a similarity with another expression. 

I.After a singular noun
  *Pronunciation
afather
ayhate
ebed
eemeet
eufull
uhthe
ufool
(n)nasal n
zhmirage
   

 

   

 
 l'étudiant est prêt[lay tu dya(n) ay]*
 un garçon intelligent[gar so(n) e(n) te lee zha(n)]
   
II.After names
 Thomas est parti.[to ma ay par tee]
 Albert a une copine.[al ber a oon cuh peen]
    
III.After et (and)
 en haut et en bas[e(n) o ay a(n) ba]
 un garçon et une fille[u(n) gar so(n) ay un feey]
    
IV.In front of an h aspiré
 les héros[lay ay ro]
 en haut[a(n) o]
    
V.In front of onze and oui
 les onze élèves[lay o(n) zay lev]**
 un oui et un non[u(n) wee ay u(n) no(n)]
    
VI.After interrogative adverbs*** and toujours
 Combien en avez-vous ?[ko(n) bye(n) a(n) na vay vu]
 Comment est-il ?[ko(n) ma(n) ay teel]
 Quand as-tu mangé ?[ka(n) a tu ma(n) zhay]
 toujours ici[tu zhu ree see]
    
VII. After inversion
 Sont-ils arrivés ?[so(n) tee la ree vay]
 Vont-elles assister ?[vo(n) teh la see stay] 
 A-t-on étudié ?[a to(n) ay tu dyay] 
 Parlez-vous anglais ?

[par lay vu a(n) gleh]

**Note that the pronunciation of the Z here is enchaînement, not a liaison.

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