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Pronouncing dix in French?

Hi!

I need some help.

You only pronounce the -x in dix and six if the number is not in front of a noun...

Like this:

-Combien?

-Six.

But, if a noun follows, you say just (si, di)

- Six livres.

BUT, if the noun beging with a/e/i/o/u/ silent h, what happens then?

How do you pronounce the following three:

-dix oreills

-le dix octobre

-le dix mai

Also, i've noticed you pronounce the -x in dix heures - is this just an exception or it's because of the silent h?

Thank you!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    When used in counting, when standing alone, and when at the end of a sentence or phrase, the final consonant is pronounced:

    six [sis] huit [ɥit] dix [dis]

    BUT:

    If followed by a word beginning with a consonant, the final consonant of six, huit, and dix is silent:

    trente-six [tRɑ̃tsifRɑ̃] huit cents [ɥisɑ̃] dix mille [dimil]

    Before a word beginning with a vowel or mute "h", the final consonant of deux, trois, six, and dix is pronounced [z]:

    dix arbres [dizaRbR]

    "X" is pronounced [z] in deuxième, sixième, dixième, dix-huit, dix-neuf [diznœf]

    I've also learned that there is presently a tendancy among French speakers to pronounce the final consonant of six, huit, and dix in dates before a consonant:

    le six [sis] juin le dix [dis] mai le huit [ɥit] janvier

    Source(s): Booth, T. M. (2000), French phonetics: A Guide to correct pronunciation of French. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
  • 1 decade ago

    hiyaa. i speak pretty typical french so i'll tell ya how i say these things :]

    yeah, if the six / dix is alone then you just say "seess" and "deess" (the x is an s).

    if it's in front of a noun starting with a consonant, you say "see" and "dee" (the x is mute).

    if it's in front of a word starting with a vowel, you use what you call "la liaison", which is linking the last letter to the vowel that starts the next word.

    so that would be six bees - six abeilles - seezabey. hahaah

    get it? :]

    dix oreilles - ten ears. deezorey.

    le dix octobre - le deez octobre.

    le dix mai - le dee meh.

    and yeah, dix heures is like that because of the silent h.

    hope i've helped out ;D

    x apple.

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    4 years ago

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    Pronouncing dix in French?

    Hi!

    I need some help.

    You only pronounce the -x in dix and six if the number is not in front of a noun...

    Like this:

    -Combien?

    -Six.

    But, if a noun follows, you say just (si, di)

    - Six livres.

    BUT, if the noun beging with a/e/i/o/u/ silent h, what happens then?

    How do you pronounce...

    Source(s): pronouncing dix french: https://shortly.im/HWYxK
    • James4 years agoReport

      It's not whether or not a noun follows, but whether or not a vowel or consonant does. If a consonant follows, you don't pronounce the x.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hi there,

    I am Belgian and french native speaker and I think I can help you with that one:

    In words like "Six" and "Dix" in french, the final "x", when it has to be pronounced sounds like a "z" or an "s".

    1) If it is not followed by anything, then you do pronounce the final "x" like an "s" like in:

    - Combien de feuilles veux-tu? - How many sheets do you want?

    - Six (say: "s-i-S") or Dix (say: "d-i-S")

    2) You have to pronouce the final "x" as well if the following nouns starts with a vowel or with an "h" (which is always followed by a vowel). In that case, it sounds like an "z".

    E.g.:

    - Dix arbitres (say: "d-i-Z-a-r-b-i-t-r") - Ten referees

    - Six hommes (say: "s-i-Z-o-m") - Six men

    3) But when the following noun does not start with a vowel or an "h", then you never pronounce the "x".

    E.g.:

    - Six parties (say: "s-i-p-a-r-t-y") - Six parts

    - Dix verres (say: "d-i-v-e-r") - Ten glasses

    So for your questions:

    -dix oreills -> "diZ oreilles" because of 2)

    -le dix octobre -> "le diZ octobre" because of 2)

    -le dix mai -> "le di Mai" because of 3)

    Hope it helps,

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hi,

    on dirait "dizoray", le "dizoctobre" le "di-mai".

    The silent "h" means that in effect it precedes a vowel - the first "e" in "heures".

    On dirait "à dizurr".

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