I'm just not getting the pronunciation of cueillir and the derivatives. The "ill" disappears.

JuliaA1Kwiziq community member

I'm just not getting the pronunciation of cueillir and the derivatives. The "ill" disappears.

Asked 1 year ago
LauraKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Julia,

You have to think of ueill as a combination: oo (as in "cook") followed by a y sound. So cueillir is pronounced [koo yir].

This is a variation of the letter combination euill pronounced the same way, as in feuille. The e and u change places because of the c.

You might find this helpful: 

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/ueil/

GruffKwiziq team member

Hi Julia - Cueillir isn't spelled the way it sounds. It's more like "kuh-yir". Hope that helps!

JuliaA1Kwiziq community member

That’s what I thought but the audio sounds more like Kay to me. 

AshA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

The double L's in French are sometimes pronounced as an L sound (as in English) or as a Y sound (as in Spanish).  Here the "lle" is like the 'y' or 'ya' sound like in viellle or portefeuille.

I'm just not getting the pronunciation of cueillir and the derivatives. The "ill" disappears.

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