In French, you do not make pauses in between each word. French speakers can easily pronounce 6 syllables in row without pausing.
All the words used in expressing a single idea are pronounced in one breath: it is called the rhythmic group. The voice does not stop while pronouncing this group.
When you have two consecutive vowels, you pronounce them both and link them; you do not pause: this is called linking vowels
||moi_aussi, j'ai du_hachis parmentier.
||Nous_aussi_on prépare le repas.
||Il faut_ajouter de la moutarde.
||Il y a_encore un plat_au four ?
||Tu_as_un kilo de pain ?
||Tu veux_un verre d'eau ?
Be careful, just because there are two consecutive written vowels does not mean that you should pronounce them. You do not pronounce the “e
” at the end of the word.
In “une orange
”, there are 2 consecutive vowels but they are not linking vowels since you do not pronounce the “e
” in “une
”. In “une orange
”, the sounds /n/
is a sound produced by changing the way air passes through your mouth: you can block the airflow and suddenly release it again (in French, this is how you say the letters b, c, d, g, k, m, n, p, q, t
) or reduce the airflow (f, ch, j, l, r, s, v, w, x, z
is a sound produced by the vibration of your vocal cords. Vowels in French are represented by the letters a, e, i, o, u, y
, and by the letter combinations (e)au, ai, ei, in, ein, ain, on, un, oi, ou
... Vowels are generally the base of the syllable.
The letter h
is a silent consonant. You do not pronounce it. In the wording, “du hachis parmentier
”, you do not pronounce the “h
”. You link the vowels “u
” and “a
”, you do not make a pause.