Letter X in French

Letter X in French

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This letter gets several pronunciation in French, depending where it is in a word.

1 .The pronunciation is KS when:

A. The letter X is inside a word:

Taxi
Saxophone
Oxygène
Texte

B.  At the end of a word when the letter X before is a, e or o

Sax
Intox (desinformation)
Silex (flint)

And also some words like: lynx

 

2. At the beginning of a word starting with EX- :

A. When EX- is followed with a consonant: KS

Exposition
Exception

B. When EX- is followed with a vowel: GZ

Exo
Exact
Example

(it is also true if there is a mute H after the x)

 

3. Z in some words like:

Deuxième
Sixième
Dixième

 

4. S in some words:

Six = sisse
Dix
Soixante

 

5. Most of the times, at he end of a word, X is silent (after a i or a u)

Heureux
Doux
Prix
Chevaux
Deux

 

6. Pay attention to the connection between words: Z

Deux amis = deu zamis
Six arbres – si zarbres
But six voitures (the X is silent)

 

7. At the beginning of a word X can be KS or GZ, no rule:

Xéres (le Robert= ks or gz)
Xénophile (gz)

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