- h- : hêtre (beech, m), humain (human, m), hérisson (hedgehog, m)
- -s-, sometimes : if you see a word with a ô inside, that accent was very likely an s put just after the o (hostel, hospital) ; if you ever see those words in a french text, you are not supposed to pronounce those -s-
- -d-, sometimes, in set expressions : la grand roue (the big wheel) > la gran rou, la grand-mère (the grandmother) > la gran mèr…
the S problem :
“s” can be said either “ss” > Frank Sinatra, or “z” > let’s go to the zoo
- if it’s the first letter, s- is a “ss” > sucre, m (sugar) : ssukr
- “sc” and “ls” together make also “ss” > fils, m (son) : fiss, scie, f (saw) : ssi
- “ss” are “ss”, no shit > poisson, m (fish) : poisson
- a final -s (NB : for a not-verb/not-noun) can be either “ss” or mute : tous as anadjectif indéfini, a comparative, a superlative or a negative = mute (il n’y a plu(s) de pain (there’s no more bread), c’est la plu(s) gentille (she’s the nicest)) ; as a pronom indéfini = “ss” (tous”s” ces hommes)
- when a word finishes with -s and the next starts with a vowel, you make the liaison : vous avez (plural you have) : vou zavé, les éléphants : lé zéléfan
the C problem :
“c” can be said either “ss” > science, f : ssienss, or “k” > carie, f (cavity) : kari
- c+a : “k” > café, m (coffee), cauchemar, m (nightmare) “cochmar”
- c+e : “ss” > cercle, m (circle), céleri, m (celery)
You’ve seen them. I’ve seen them. The story is going along so well. The character is critically wounded in a dramatic fight; they’re ‘rushed to the hospital’ (more on that later). Drama roils! Will they live? Will they die?
And then… And then the writer (screenwriters, I’m looking at you, too) pulls one of these tired, inaccurate tropes out from under the couch cushions, and you roll your eyes. They’ve Done the Dumb, again. You swear. kick your coffee table. How do they write such crap? Crap like…
Ocular discolouration - also known as ‘tache noir’ or 'black spot’ - occurs when the mucous layer that normally shields the surface of the eye dries out and wrinkles after death. Dust settles over the exposed surface of the iris and scalera, causing it to turn a dark brown or black shade.
People who die with their eyes fully or partially open can appear to be bleeding from their eyes, especially if decomposition is advanced. But the discolouration is in fact only dust and dirt.