pronounciation confusion

ZaraA2Kwiziq community member

pronounciation confusion

i am confused by how vaisselle was pronounced


i thought that double ls always made a y sound like in fille, pronounced “feeye”

Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Zara, 

I have changed the audio for a better one, and as has been said, the word vaisselle doesn't have a 'ye' sound as it doesn't have an 'i.

 i + lle= ye 

but not always as pointed out by Alan. (ville - mille- tranquille being the main exceptions) 

The words

veille = day before

and

vieille = old

sound a ye

so do -

chenille = slug

fille = girl

coquille = shell/typo

mouillé =wet

etc.

Hope this helps!

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Suggest you try this link and click on the speaker to hear the pronunciation.

 https://www.wordreference.com/fren/vaisselle

You appear to have misunderstood when the "feeye" sound is appropriate.

Hope that you find this input helpful

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

That's only true when the letter "i" comes before the "ll", and not always then. (The main exceptions are "mille" and "ville".)

https://www.thoughtco.com/french-pronunciation-of-the-double-l-1369571#:~:text=Rules%20for%20Pronouncing%20LL,are%20a%20bit%20more%20complicated.

pronounciation confusion

i am confused by how vaisselle was pronounced


i thought that double ls always made a y sound like in fille, pronounced “feeye”

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