Let me apologize first for asking the liaison question. I read all of the questions and comments from as recent as 10 months ago to 6-7 yr ago; some applied and answered my questions. But one confused me, which was answered by Nathalie. The question was "il sont" but she misread or answered it as "ils sont"; hence her reply was that it should be pronounced as ss. What is ss sounded like or how do I pronounce ss in French? As in a GLASS of water? Her 2nd example was that if there was only one s then it should be pronounced as Z in liaison. The example she gave was ils ont.
I am working on 3.6 Going Back In Time Part 1. I seemed to hear (I have terrible hearing problem not in the medical clinical sense) Claire pronouncing both ss and s as Z. For example "ils ont fini" and "elles sont allées"
My impression or misconception was that French speakers seem to liaise everything as if it were one long sentence without a break. For example: "il est allé" would sound like il-lest-tallé" (I don't know how to do the curvy line under the words to denote liaison). My example hardly qualified as a long sentence, the limitation of a beginner. :)