Did you know that the German umlaut has a French cousin?!
We call it “le tréma”. It is mostly found on the “e” and the “i” and more rarely on the “u” and the “y”.
Unlike the umlaut, the tréma does not change the pronunciation of the letter but just means that it should be pronounced separately from the other letters.
Voici un exemple :
I’m sure you know how to pronounce the little word “mais”… Yes ! Just in one syllable: \mɛ\
But how to pronounce this word?
You must pronounce it in two syllables: \ma.is\
Now let’s practice ! Try to pronounce these words and tell me how you find it!
Noël - mosaïque - caïman - égoïste - canoë - Michaël