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I just started learning French, and I came across the word "enfant." The question I have concerns this word's pronunciation. I looked in the dictionary, and it said /ɑ̃fɑ̃/, which is supposed to sound like "amfam" ("am" as in the word "champ" and "f" as in the word "flip" or "fat").

Is that really the correct way to say it? Whenever I hear the word in online dictionaries, I can clearly hear a hard "n" and not an "m" like in "amfam."

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Your confusion comes from the fact that the combination of letters am (in the word champ) is pronounced just like the combination an. So champ and enfant have the same sound /ɑ̃ /. And that is pronounced like the word en. If you listen to en on Forvo you have the exact sound (the clearest pronunciation to me is probably the 4th one, female, French). Two good pronunciations of enfant on that page of Forvo. –  Laure Jun 29 at 7:55
    
On wikipedia the list of the various ways the sound /ɑ̃ / can be written in French. –  Laure Jun 29 at 8:04
    
1. "am" as in "champ" is wrong and very far from the correct sound (at least if you are American -- I don't know how British people pronounce the vowel in champ). If you are American, think of a Southerner saying "aw" in "lawn." Or, better, search for french nasal vowels on youtube, where you can find lessons. 2. If you are hearing an "n" in the dictionary, something is wrong with the dictionary. –  hunter Jun 29 at 13:30
    
(I think the OP is referring to the English word "Champ." If OP is referring to the French word "champ" then disregard part 1 of my previous comment.) –  hunter Jun 29 at 13:34
    
@Laure, you should post your comment as an Answer below. –  Sifu Jul 10 at 19:16
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