French Pronunciation Rules Memorize these rules in order to apply them to new French words. You should be able to read most words if you know these 20 sounds. 1. et = long A 2. er = long A 3. é 4. ez = = 5. eau 6. au long A long A = = 7. aux long O long O = long O 8. h is silent 9. en, an, in, and on have nasalized sounds. 10. Qu = K 11. LL = Y 12. I = long E 13. ç = S 14. oi = wa 15. Consonants at the ends of words are silent except C, R, F, and L. 16. è = short e (like the e in egg). 17. s = z (in the middle of the word) 18. ss = s (in the middle of the word) 19. Consonants at the end of words are also silent except when the next word starts with a consonant. 20. All syllables in French words are stressed the same. The equals sign indicates “sounds like”.