Connexion Tip: The importance of the curl

I have been told that you should not forget the curl on the C in the word français, because without it it would be said as ‘fronkay’ – why is that?

The cedilla (la cédille) softens the sound of a C before all of the vowels apart from I and E, where it is unnecessary; otherwise it has the hard sound, as in ‘cat’. So, if you are writing correctly you need it for words like leçon (lesson), façade or déçu (disappointed), but not in placement or précis. Its name is from Spanish meaning ‘little Z’.

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