Erin (amoulixes) wrote in linguaphiles,

Invisible French Letters

I've been studying French for just over 2 years in school, and I've noticed something that has caught my interest. It seems that when some people read out loud, they are adding extra sounds. It's not that they are pronouncing letters that should be silent (or even incorrectly), it really seems like they are reading letters that just aren't there.

I started to wonder, since we get it in our heads that French is difficult to pronounce because of those pesky silent letters, if our brains sort of...overcompensate (probably not the best word) or try too hard by adding extra sounds. There must be a phenomena that I'm unaware of; or I've just run into many people who can't read, but I really don't think this is true.

What do you think?

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