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I have only studied French for a week. I run into the word "compte" and when I check my dictionary it appears that it is pronounced as: "\kɔ̃t\". I have also run the word through various speech-machines and I get an impression that there is a slight "m"-sound but I am not 100%.

Perhaps any of you can tell me if it is general rule that words beginning with: "com" supress the "m"?

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    It's the same sound for a majority of French user as "con + consonant (other that other "n", or "m" in our case to double it)". It's the rule that transforms the "n" before a "p" or a "b".The 'p' is also mute in our case, and its presence is here for etymological reasons ("computus" from Latin). – Larme Sep 5 '16 at 11:25
  • The best audio resource for French pronunciation, in my opinion, is Forvo. Real French-speaking people, not speech-machines. :-) – mlj Sep 5 '16 at 17:24
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As a French people, I'd say it is a specific case : the root "comp-" is never pronounced with a "m". For instance, the "m" is silent in "comparable", "compatibilité", etc. It is also silent in "comte".

However if there is a double "m", then it is pronounced : "commutation", "commère", "commentaire".

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    In the latter examples, the "m" is indeed pronounced but you should state there is no nasalisation: /ɔ̃/. The "o" is simply pronounced /ɔ/ or /o/, depending on the accent. – jlliagre Sep 5 '16 at 11:01
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Compte is pronounced the same way than conte and comte.

The problem for you is the "-omp-" part: in this case it's pronounced like a "on".

The same sound than in bon, maison, garçon, leçon...

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