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'In French ‘and’ is very easy and simple to remember: the word is et and it is phonetically pronounced eh. Don’t ever pronounce the ‘t’. There is something called liaison in French where a silent letter at the end of a word is sometimes pronounced to link it to the next word. You never ever make a liaison with et in French.
The most common example English people struggle with is the brand of champagne called Moet et Chandon. There are always arguments over whether it is pronounced moh:ay eh shah~:don~ or moh:et eh shah~:don~. Some bright sparks get to the right pronunciation using the wrong reasoning. They claim that you pronounce the ‘t’ in Moet because you are making a liaison with et. That is incorrect, this never happens in French. The reason that Moet is pronounced with a hard ‘t’ is that the name is Dutch and not French in origin, so it does not follow the traditional French pronunciation. Feel free to correct anyone who gets this wrong with authority!
Moet et Chandon
moh:et eh shah~:do~
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