French learners occasionally go by a rule of thumb: When trying to pronounce a French word, you can generally just ignore all of the extra confusing letters at the end.
To be totally honest, that rule usually works. For words like “mangeaient” (a plural imparfait conjugation of the verb “manger” which means “to eat”) which just has a heck of a lot of letters strung onto the end, it definitely works to ignore at least a few of those end letters.
That definitely isn’t always the case though, and French pronunciation can get real confusing, real fast.
But that also means that it’s ten times more funny to watch non-French speakers attempt some of the most tricky pronunciations. Words like “houx” and “œil” can really trip people up.
Watch the video above to test your pronunciation skills.