Languages › French Using Enchainement in French Pronunciation Share Flipboard Email Print David Madison/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images French Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 21, 2020 Enchaînement is the phenomenon whereby the consonant sound at the end of a word is transferred to the beginning of the word that follows it. Unlike liaisons, which cause otherwise silent letters to be pronounced, with enchaînement, the consonant would be pronounced whether or not it was followed by a word beginning with a vowel or mute H. Compare... sept [set] sept enfants [se ta(n) fa(n)] avec [a vek] avec elle [a ve kel] elle [el] elle est [e le] entre [a(n)tr] entre eux [a(n) treu] Pronunciation key* a -> father e -> bed ee -> meet eu -> full (n) -> nasal n Note that the consonant is not necessarily the last letter of the word, simply the last sound of the word: elle est = [e le]. Also, note that in the last example the consonants t and r are joined, so they are both tacked on to the word that follows. *Pronunciation key - This is only a guide to help you get the most out of the sound files - refer to a dictionary for the exact pronunciation.The pronunciation of liaisons is based on linguistic and stylistic factors, but enchaînement is a simply a phonetic issue. The French language doesn't like to have syllables end in consonants, so whenever possible the final consonant is tacked onto the word that follows it. This also increases the musicality of the language. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation ThoughtCo. "Using Enchainement in French Pronunciation." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/using-enchainement-in-french-pronunciation-4078891. ThoughtCo. (2020, August 26). Using Enchainement in French Pronunciation. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/using-enchainement-in-french-pronunciation-4078891 ThoughtCo. "Using Enchainement in French Pronunciation." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/using-enchainement-in-french-pronunciation-4078891 (accessed April 15, 2021). copy citation Learn Proper French Pronunciation With Liaisons Top French Pronunciation Mistakes and Difficulties How to Pronounce More Than 2,500 Words in French Euphony: French Pronunciation How to Pronounce the French 'X' French Silent Letters and Pronunciation Understanding the French Language and Using IPA The French Pronunciation of E French Rhythm or Le Rythme Beginning French Pronunciation French Pronunciation of the Letter H Introduction to Pronouncing the French Alphabet How to Pronounce the Letter "Y" in French French Adjectives with Special Forms How to Pronounce the Letter 'I' in French How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb "Haïr"