when to pronounce s

Hoyi--

How could the s at the end of Un nounours is pronouced. 

 

When do we pronouce the s and when do we not? 

 

Thank you

toru e

Good question. Generally, the 's' is silent in French, but un ours (a bear) is an exception, so un nounours (a teddy bear) follows the exception. Unfortunately, I don't think there are any hard and fast rules on the exceptions (other than pronouncing the 's' on foreign-derived words), they just need to be learned.

jason☺

Here are a couple good answers, but Torusan is right. And I would say, just use a dictionary.

Link: http://french.stackexchange.com/questions/2706/when-to-pronounce-s-at-the-end-of-words

Link: http://french.stackexchange.com/questions/2826/unpredictable-pronunciations

The second link has a reference to an old book and the words are there:

Link: http://books.google.com.au/books?id=P8oDAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=ours&f=false

I found this little site also with audio pronunciations like here at Rocket Languages:

Link: http://www.languageguide.org/french/grammar/pronunciation/final_consonants.html

Fun isn't it? Like Disney: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

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