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When an “s” sound is pronounced “z”

In each of the following five examples, I notice that native French speakers pronounce the "s" sounds in bold as "z" instead. In what instances should you use an "z" sound? Is there an pattern? ...
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References for pronunciation of different verb forms

I'm a beginner in French and I'm learning pronunciation in French with this book. Would anybody come up with any good books/resources which contains the rules of pronunciation of different verb (in ...
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Singular vs plural pronunciation

Is there a difference in pronunciation between the following two sentences? In other words, is it possible to tell whether I am talking about one or many colours? Thanks. Quelles magnifiques ...
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Rules for voicing differences between written and spoken consonants

I just found out that all words that start with "abs-", "obs-" or "obt-" are pronounced with a /p/ instead of a /b/. I know that /b/ is a voiced consonant and /p/, /s/ and /t/ are unvoiced, which ...
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Règles pour ajouter “de” aux noms étrangers

À la radio, j'ai souvent entendu « Donald de Trump » ou « David de Cameron » — ou sans le « de ». Ceux qui ajoutent « de » prononcent aussi les noms plus « français ». Je ne me souviens pas de cas où ...
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Pronunciation of Roman numerals in the names of monarchs? [duplicate]

Is Louis XVIII pronounced Louis dix-huit, or Louis dix-huitième ? I would assume it is the second, but I have found stranger language differences than that.
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Mots qui ne se prononcent pas du tout comme ils s'écrivent

Cette liste de mots ne donne que des nuances de prononciation. Au contraire de flemme (flème), y a-t-il d'autres mots, tel que femme (fame), qui ne se prononcent pas du tout comme ils s'écrivent ...
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Are the sounds “j” and “w” (in international phonetic alphabet) vowels or consonants?

The question is on words like these, with their pronunciation in IPA within brackets: lumière [lymjɛʀ], premier [pʀəmje], boire [bwaʀ], jouet [ʒwɛ] Question Are the sounds [j] and [w] ...
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Is the list of words that get elided a closed set?

In the following Wikipedia article, it lists many words that get elided. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elision_(French) le, la je, ce me, te, se moi, toi ne de que si However, it doesn't say if ...
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Correct pronunciation of 'Chez Albert': is there a liaison?

I had a little dispute yesterday on what the correct pronunciation of 'chez Albert' is. In my understanding, I would pronounce the latent 'z' of 'chez' because the next word starts with a vowel ...
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Oignon/ognon : découpage syllabique ?

Pour l'espèce de plante herbacée bisannuelle de la famille des Amaryllidaceae cultivée depuis l'antiquité et possiblement originaire d’Asie centrale (Wikipédia), on a l'oignon/ognon [ɔ ɳ ɔ ̃] ...
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En quoi la nouvelle orthographe française aura-t-elle un impact important sur les textes et la prononciation ? Sera-t-elle plus facile à apprendre ?

Apparemment, une nouvelle orthographe sera mise en place dès la prochaine rentrée scolaire, (voir cet article et ce site) Elle consiste en bref à simplifier la ponctuation et les accents. Est-ce que ...
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What is the difference in pronunciation of “quand” and “con”?

I know that there is a liaison between the final "d" in "quand" and a following vowel, but is there a difference for each word in isolation?
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Étymologie de « grasseyer » : le [ʁ] est gras ?

Ce fil m'a introduit à ce verbe. Comment est-ce que le [ʁ] se pense ou s'estime gras ? [Wiktionnaire :] Dérivé de gras avec le suffixe -eyer (→ voir -oyer).
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What is the correct pronunciation of such words as “leur”, “leurs”, “je meurs”, “il meurt”?

I’m having trouble pronouncing the “œ” sound in these words. It sounds to me like it’s in between “a” and “u”.
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Different ways to pronounce “r?”

I noticed that "r" in "merveilleux" is pronounced differently than a normal "r," which is somewhat similar to the end of the English word "ugh". It sounds rather like the Spanish "r," which ...
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Is the pronunciation of “tu” “toosh?”

I thought "tu" was pronounced like English "to," but in this link, it's pronounced like "toosh." Does the audio sound like recorded by a native speaker of French? Which is correct and natural? In ...
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The word order of “de ne pas avoir à”

Je suis [contente/content] de ne pas avoir à te trimballer ! I always thought that you have to place a verb or an auxiliary verb like avoir between ne and pas, so I wonder why this is not the ...
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Pronunciation of “parce que” and class implications

I recently listened to a podcast on France Culture's "Hors champ" with Patrick Boucheron, whose pronunciation of "parce que" seems really off. Instead of eliding the "e" in "parce", he actually ...
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Pourquoi est-ce que le nom de la lettre « g » est prononcé « gé » (/ʒe/) et pas « gué » (/ɡe/) ?

Bien sûr, le g est prononcé /ʒ/ devant e, i et y (géant, gigantesque). Mais il est prononcé /ɡ/ devant a, o, u, l et r (gare, goût, gustation, guerre, glace, gras). Alors, pourquoi est-ce que le nom ...
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What is the word/expression that is pronounced something like “bee-ah”? [closed]

My French teacher says a couple of expressions pretty often. Some of them I understand, but there's an expression I cannot figure out what it means. The problem is I can't google it because I don't ...
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Whats “David Guetta” is saying in French?

David Guetta is the first person who did wireless bungee jump. Brave person, amazing job done. Before going for the task he said something in French to his family, which was very cute. I want to ...
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Prononciation de « plasma »

Je ne connaissais que la prononciation [plasma], par exemple donnée par le Trésor de la langue française. En écoutant l'excellent Cédric Villani parler, par exemple ici, je découvre la prononciation ...
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Prononciation de « fluctuat nec mergitur »

C'est la devise de la ville de Paris. Comment est-ce que les Français la prononcent - en particulier, est-ce que l'on prononce le « t » à la fin de fluctuat et le « c » à la fin de ...
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French pronounciation of fête

I am getting confused on how to pronounce fête. I hear some people say sete and others say fete. Which is the correct way of saying it?
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Prononcer « ent » à la fin d'un mot

Il est très difficile pour moi de comprendre quelles sont les lettres que je dois prononcer et celles que je dois ignorer dans les mots suivants : se prononcent, s'élident, devient, etc.
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Why isn't a nasalised vowel used for “divin” here?

I was searching for some Christmas carols and decided to look up "Il est né le divin enfant", having heard only the beginning of the song in the past. I then noticed that all the recordings I listened ...
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Words ending on i/u, spoken with (IPA) [ɪç] – is there a system?

I noticed that sometimes words ending on i or u are spoken with an additional breathing sound, comparable to the german 'ch' in diminutives. I.e. (presumed IPA notation) /o.si/ -> [o.sɪç] /i.si/ ...
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Omission du /l/ de « plus »

Selon ce podcast, on ne prononce pas soigneusement le /l/ du mot plus (au sens négatif) dans le registre familier; donc on entend parfois /py/. Est-ce vrai partout ? Je ne crois pas que je l'aie ...
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How does one pronounce monarchie? [duplicate]

How does one pronounce the French word monarchie? Is the ch as in French chaise or as in English psychic?
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Prononciation particulière du déterminant démonstratif, « C'te gars » [stəga] : ailleurs qu'à Paris et au Québec ?

Le sujet1 est celui de la prononciation du déterminant démonstratif ce (masc. sing. avec cons.) / cet (masc. sing. avec voyelle, avec exceptions) / cette (fem. sing.) / ces (pluriel) dans certaines ...
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Why is “t” not pronounced in “et anglais”?

I'm listening to a native French speaker reading the following two sentences: Ma mère est anglaise Et tu parles français avec ton père et anglais avec ta mère ? In the first one, not ...
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Why is “Calais” not written “Calet”?

Regarding the name of the city in northern France, I was wondering why it is written Calais and not Calet, since the pronunciation should be the same.
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Why did this singer drop the “s” sound in “je sais”?

I am listening to the song Maître Gims – Est-ce que tu m'aimes. In the chorus, there is a part that goes Est-ce que je t'aime ? J'sais pas si je t'aime Est-ce que tu m'aimes ? J'sais pas si ...
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Is there a resource showing conjugation of French verbs together with a pronunciation of all forms of the verb?

I am looking for some resource (book/website/...) that, for any french verb, would show me not only how to conjugate it, but also how to pronounce individual forms of the verb. For a chosen french ...
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Pourquoi le w est-il dit se prononcer en général /v/ et pas /w/ (oué) ?

D'après les manuels de CP que je vois, ainsi que plusieurs références sur le web, je lis souvent que le w se prononce « en général » /v/. Or, à part dans wagon et WC, la plupart des mots courants que ...
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La Marseillaise : les /r/, couplets usuels ?

En 1989, Mireille Mathieu interprète, de manière particulièrement émouvante, La Marseillaise1 au Champ-de-Mars (noir et blanc « légendaire», ou audio uniquement); on chante, hormis le premier couplet ...
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Les formes « je vas » et « je vais »

Quand est-ce que la forme « je vais » a remplacé « je vas », (1) dans le bon usage; (2) dans l'usage populaire en Europe? Pour quelle raison écrit-on vais alors qu'on prononce le mot avec un e fermé? ...
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How to pronounce correctly?

I am trying to learn French with the help of an app called "duolingo". So far, I am doing okay. However, I find it quite difficult to pronounce the French word correctly. It would we very helpful if ...
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Nasal vowel followed by nasal consonant in the same syllable

Is there a word in French that's pronounced with a nasal vowel ([ɛ̃], [ɑ̃], [ɔ̃], [œ̃]) followed by a nasal consonant ([n], [m], [ɲ]) in the same syllable in Standard French? Like [ɛ̃n] or [ɑ̃m]. ...
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Pourquoi certaines suites de sons trompent-elles notre découpage (à l'oreille) des mots ?

Lisez l'extrait suivant : « Tes laitues naissent-elles ? Si tes laitues naissent, mes navets naîtront. » Aucun problème. La structure est très simple, l'enchainement est logique, aucun mot ...
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« Champagniser » et « Champaniser » : prononciation selon le sexe du locuteur ?

Dans Tintin en Amérique : Voici les évènements de la journée d’hier, d’après le professeur W.R. Law, [...] 150 gallons d’eau de Javel champagnisée ont été saisis par la police : le Coroner et ...
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Was there a shift in pronunciation?

I've been slowly reading one of Robespierre's reports in French, and I've noticed some spellings that are now unused. For example: on seroit tenté . . . si le destin m'avoit fait naître dans ...
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Pronouncing ɛ̃: are there variants?

I'm confused by ɛ̃, as in pain, vin, cinq, etc. Often, and that's what I'm taught, you are told to pronounce it as the a in "and". cinq (first pronunciation) However, sometimes it is pronounced ...
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Pronunciation of Bonne journée

I would like to clear up a question I have about the pronunciation of 'j' in the phrase 'bonne journée' in French. Up until recently, I just assumed it was pronounced identically to how 'j' is ...
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Prononciation de « u » proche de « ou »

J'ai toujours pensé que « u » est prononcé /y/ (dans l'alphabet phonétique international — le même son que la lettre allemande ü). Mais j'écoute une radio française et certains gens y prononcent « u » ...
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Prononciation of “en”, “an”, “in”, “un” and “ain” [duplicate]

I'm a totally beginner in French. For some reason I can't figure out the pronunciation rules. Especially for the vowels. It's almost as confusing as Korean language :( To me "en" and "an" sound the ...
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Phonologie vs phonétique : /ʁɔz/ vs [ʁoz]

Wikipédia indique ici que le mot « rose » est noté phonologiquement /ʁɔz/. Le Wiktionnaire semble en désaccord ici. Est-ce une erreur de Wikipédia ? Sinon, pouvez-vous expliquer pourquoi la ...
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Pronunciation of “freiner”

In Quebec French, is the [ɛ] long or short in the word (il) freine? In other words, does this word rhyme with saine [sɛn] or scène [sɛ:n]? (And out of curiosity, how would those few French people who ...
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How to pronounce “et est”?

Came across this sentence in a FAQ page for some developer software: Ce projet a commencé comme un fork de Node.js™ de Joyent et est compatible avec l'écosystème npm. But I really have no idea ...