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 -> fathere -> bedee -> meeteu -> 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. Learn proper French pronunciation with liaisons Learn How to Pronounce 2,500 Words With This French Audio Guide How to Pronounce French Silent Letters What Does IPA Have to Do With the French Language? A Beginner's Guide to French Pronunciation These French Pronunciation Mistakes Are Toughest for New Speakers How Do You Conjugate the Irregular French Verb "Haïr"? French Rhythm or Le Rythme How to Pronounce the Letter "Y"in French Do You Know How to Pronounce the 'A' in French? How to Pronounce French Consonants Is Spanish Really Easier Than French? The Top 10 Beginning French Mistakes How to Maintain the Harmonious Sound in French How to Pronounce the French 'X' and 'XC' Can Your English Tongue Speak the French 'T'?