How Do You Pronounce 'Trompe L’oeil'?
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Phonetics For 'Trompe L’oeil'?
A Quick Overview Of Trompe L’oeil
Trompe l'oeil is French for 'trick the eye', and refers to an art or decorating technique which deceives the eye into thinking that a depicted object is three dimensional.
Trompe l'oeil is a problem for English speakers because the word oeil involves two sounds which we do not usually pronounce together. The 'oe' is one sound, which goes into the 'i', forming only one syllable - hover on the colored letters for detailed explanations.
As a matter of interest, one eye is an oeil in French, but eyes are yeux.