French Word Spellings that don’t Reflect their Pronunciation
Once you’ve learned the general rules for French spelling and pronunciation, like not pronouncing the final letter of words, you may find that it’s generally consistent except for certain cases like the following.
English translation: woman; wife
N.B. Anglophone learners of the French language are tempted to pronounced the word as /fem/.
English translation: gentleman
N.B. There’s no r sound at the end of the French word monsieur.
English translation: rum
English translation: maximum
N.B. There is no u sound at the end of the French word maximum, just like its English equivalent.
English translation: minimum
N.B. This example is like the previous example.
English translation: democracy
N.B. There’s no t sound at the end of the French word democratie, just like its English equivalent.