The letters OUIL, OUILL, and OUILLE are commonly mispronounced by French students, who tend to say [wi], as in the word oui,* or even [uwi], to rhyme with "chewy." But the l makes all the difference: the correct pronunciation for all of these spellings is [uj], as if you are pronouncing the oo in "food" followed by a y sound.
French words with OUIL, OUILL, and OUILLE
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le fenouil (fennel)
le brouillard (fog)
la grenouille (frog)
la trouille (fear)
bouillir (to boil)
chatouiller (to tickle)
débrouiller (to untangle)
Note that LL preceded by OUI is always pronounced like a y, but this is not necessarily the case for other words with LL.
*The pronunciation [wi] is also found in the letter combination consonant + UIL / UILLE.
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