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Trilled / Rolled “R”s?

I've been listening to a couple CDs that include Edith Piaf. Sometimes she rolls or trills her "R"s like in Spanish. Is this customary, local usage, artistic license or?
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Pronunciation of “vingt”

I noticed that very often "vingt" is pronounced without the last "t", whereas when someone wants to be precise or make a point, they will pronounce that "t". Is that correct?
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Prononciation du mot “persil”

Il y a quelques jours j'ai été très surpris d'entendre le mot persil prononcé /pɛʁ.si/. Pour ma part j'ai toujours prononcé et entendu prononcer ce mot /pɛʁ.sil/, c'est-à-dire avec un l final sonore. ...
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Are there different pronouciations for 'Merci' ?

I know merci is thank you but I have definitely heard some French people say (phonetically) mercish (i.e with a shesh on the end of merci). I have asked people about this and they seem to deny it! Is ...
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“Pas oublié” — is there a liaison between these words? [duplicate]

If I say "Je n'ai pas oublié", is there a liaison between "pas" and "oublié" or is the "s" silent?
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« Et cetera » est-il prononcé de la même manière en français qu'en anglais?

Je suis tombé sur l'expression latine « et cetera » dans un texte français, et je me suis demandé si je devrais le prononcer de la même manière qu'en anglais. Est-ce le cas?
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When can “j'suis” be used?

I presume j'suis is slang for je suis. That much for the lexical formation of this "expression," which has been detailed elsewhere. However, I don't know the contexts in which it can be used. Is it ...
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Is there a liaison in the sentence “je suis américain”?

I heard the sentence “je suis desolé” read by a native audio program flashcard app as just “je–suis–désolé”, but then I listened to another one with “suis” in it: “je suis américain” and am I dreaming ...
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Do you pronounce the “t” in “comment allez-vous”?

In the flashcard app I'm using the native audio pronounces it as "comment TALLEZ vous"...the "comment" runs into the "allez". Is that right? Is there a rule to it? Or can we pronounce it as just ...
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Prononciations des terminaisons du futur et du conditionnel [duplicate]

Quelle est la différence de prononciation à la fin des verbes dans le futur et le conditionnel? Par exemple: Je serai Je serais Je pense qu'un a le 'e' ouvert et l'autre a le 'e' fermé, mais je ...
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Is an “s” at the end of a pluralized family name pronounced?

If it's a reference to the family, Les Beauxhommes, do you still not pronounce the -s?
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Changement d'orthographe des participes présents et adjectifs

Page 49 dans Advanced French Grammar, V. Mazet soutient ceci : A few present participles undergo a spelling change when they are used as adjectives or nouns. These include: —ant to —ent, —quant to ...
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Prononciation du mot « seconde »

Pourquoi prononce-t-on « seconde » sə.ɡɔ̃d ? Ma première intuition serait qu'il existe une raison étymologique à cela, mais mis à part cet exemple je ne trouve pas d'autres exemples de C prononcés G. ...
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Prononciation de « toutes » — Pronunciation of “toutes”

C’est clair qu’il faut prononcer le “s” quand “tous” est employé comme pronom. J’aimerais savoir si ceci est aussi le cas pour le pronom “toutes”. Par exemple: Bonjour à toutes ! Les chambres ? ...
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Palatalisation in French from Latin

How does the Latin “SAPIAT” become “sache” [saʃ] in modern French? I thought the reason may be palatalisation as [ʃ] seems to be a palatal sound, but I can't think of any other examples to prove this ...
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How to distinguish “à cette heure” from “à sept heures”?

How do I distinguish à cette heure from à sept heures, when pronounced? It occurred to me when once I wanted to say "at this time", and then I realized I had just said "at 7". I guess I probably ...
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Pronunciation of “ille”?

This one's been messing me up for years, I keep meaning to ask about it. In some words, like ville, the L's are pronounced as L's. In others, like bille or fille, they're closer to a soft Y, or ...
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Old French pronunciation

My interest in Old and Middle French is largely historical – with texts such as those of Froissart and Monstrelet, and English documents written in Anglo-Norman. But I also have an interest in earlier ...
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Pronunciation of “tous”? [duplicate]

I was listening to a podcast and the speaker (a native of France) pronounced the s at the end of tous in this sentence, pronouncing it as tousse: Nous sommes tous partis en voiture pour le ...
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What is “C'est pas d'sa faute!”?

I'm French study beginner, so I don't have so much knowledge about French but I'm trying to read a book, in which I found the sentence “c'est pas d'sa faute”. What does “d'sa” mean in this sentence ...
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Why is “c'est un” pronounced /sɛ tœ̃ /, but “c'est une” /sɛ tʃyn/?

I'm learning French, and from what I've heard, it seems that: c'est un is pronounced /sɛ tœ̃ /, but c'est une is pronounced /sɛ tʃyn/, with a /tʃ/ as in cheese. I heard this difference both in ...
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Doit-on prononcer la terminaison « ent » des verbes à la troisième personne du pluriel ?

Par exemple : « Bla bla bla » dirent-ils. Doit-on prononcer dir-ils ou dirent-ils ? Autrement dit, le ent est-il muet ?
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Comment trouver la signification d'un mot que j'ai entendu ?

Parfois, il m'arrive d'entendre un mot que je ne connais pas. Naturellement je ne sais pas comment il est écrit. Comment je peux faire pour trouver ce mot, juste en connaissant à peu près sa sonorité ...
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What would the French equivalent of the name “Felix” be?

If an equivalent exists. Or if it doesn't, would a native French speaker find it at all difficult to pronounce the name "Felix"? If yes, is there a similar name that is more natural?
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Pourquoi devrait-on dire handball à l'allemande ?

J'ai la malheureuse habitude de dire handball comme football (qui rime avec La Baule). Les gens me reprennent souvent en me disant On dit hand-balle! C'est Allemand. Ce à quoi j'ai maintenant ...
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Why the pronounciation of “Monsieur?”

The French term for Mister, Monsieur, looks like it should be pronounced MON-sieur, giving effect to the O and N. It is actually pronounced more like MISS-sieur. Why is that? And there is a similar ...
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How to pronounce “voucher”

Is it pronounced "vouché"? It looks like the word comes from English. Is it pronounced like an English word in France?
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Why do some french people inappropriately add an 'h' before English words starting with 'a' or 'e'? [closed]

I've heard a few french people adding an 'h' when pronouncing English words starting with an 'a' or an 'e'. The word 'and' is pronounced as 'hand', 'eat' as 'heat' etc. Why do they do this?
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Pronunciation of IHÉS

There's an institution called L'Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques whose abbreviation is IHÉS. When I pronounce it, should I say it as i - h - é - s or is it OK to read it out as i - h - ...
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“Tous” in subject-verb-“tous” means what?

How do you say, “We know everything,” versus, “We all know”? My first impulse with either is to say the same thing: Nous savons tous. Also, do you pronounce the s in tous in either case?
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Le son [æ] existe-t-il en français ?

Je croyais que non, jusqu'à ce que j'écoute des chansons de Yelle, où (il me semble) [æ] apparaît comme allophone de /a/ dans, par exemple, chaque ou caches. Ecoutez sur YouTube. Est-ce que c'est mon ...
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Pronouncing “re” and “le” at the end of words?

Livre, entre, autre, article, règle are examples of what I'm talking about. I've never been sure whether I should pronounce those final two letters. When a native speaker pronounces such words, ...
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How do you pronounce the name “Augustin-Louis Cauchy”?

It's the name of a French mathematician. I would like to get an approximate pronunciation. (e.g. je t'aime~zh tam, or zhe tehm).
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Unpredictable pronunciations

I know that French orthography is actually quite regular, in the sense that while there are numerous rules and certain exceptions, it's possible in the vast majority of cases to deduce the ...
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When to pronounce “s” at the end of words?

For instance, “vous” has a silent “s”, unless it's something like “Je vous ai vu.” (I'm not sure that I constructed that properly, but you get the point — the s is pronounced in that case.) But what ...
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“Pas encore” — is it correct to have the liaison or not?

I'm very confused about the pronunciation of pas encore. I've always thought it was said with the liaison since it follows the rule of an ending consonant before a word beginning with a vowel. ...
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How to differentiate pronunciation of 1 or 2 Rs in courir conjugation?

Nous courons vs nous courrons? Nous courions vs nous courrions? Same with mourir, secourir, accourir, etc...same with vous as for nous. How do you differentiate between them?
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Où est le « h aspiré » dans « anse » ?

J'ai une question sur le mot « anse ». Comme tout le monde, je prononce ce mot [ɑ̃s] et comme tout le monde, ce mot commençant par une voyelle, j'applique les différents processus de sandhi en ...
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How to textually describe the pronunciation of spanish names with “oi”?

There are many names and family names in Spanish that contain the combination of vowels "oi" (Roilán, Moisés, Loinaz, etc.). When these names are pronounced in French, the original pronunciation is ...
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How to pronounce the name “Vandermonde”

This is the last name of a French mathematician. I would like to know how it is pronounced. Is it a common last name?
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« Il pourra être » ou « Il pourra-t-être » ? [duplicate]

Cette question est un doublon de : Quand écrire ce « -t- » sorti des méandres de la phonétique? Quelle est la forme la plus adaptée et pourquoi, par rapport à ...
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D'où vient vraiment ce « i grec » ?

Certes en français on prononce souvent cette lettre [i] lorsqu'elle est employée en tant que voyelle, mais le Υ semble plutôt dérivé du upsilon grec. En allemand la lettre est bien appelée upsilon et ...
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Pourquoi référendum ou péplum se terminent par /ɔm/ voir /œm/ et pas /um/ ?

J'ai une question qui me chiffonne un peu dont je ne vois pas vraiment d'où pourrait provenir l'origine : pourquoi est-ce que j'ai l'impression l'on prononce la fin de ces mots en -um (comme ...
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Prononciation de « des amis » et « deux amis »

Pour un étranger, « des amis » et « deux amis » sont identiques avec la liaison. Est-ce que les français (ou autres locuteurs natifs) peuvent les distinguer ?
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Prononciation de 'in' et 'im'

Est-ce qu'il y a une règle pour savoir s'il faut prononcer /ɛ̃/ ou /in/ ? J'ai l'impression que si le n est suivi d'une voyelle, c'est /in/, est-ce que c'est aussi simple que ça ?
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Quand doit-on prononcer ou ne pas prononcer la dernière lettre d'un mot ?

Je donne bénévolement des cours de Français à des enfants, et ils me posent souvent la question quant à la dernière lettre d'un mot: pourquoi doit-on des fois les prononcer, des fois non? J'essaye à ...
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How is “métis” pronounced?

The sources I consulted (HowJsay, Forvo, Wordreference) say the “s” is not silent. So it may be an exception from the rule, such as “autobus”, “tennis”. Can you confirm that? The reason I ask is ...
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Prononciation de an, en, ain et in

Est-ce que il y a des distinctions entre ces différentes nasales ? an en ain in Est-ce-que il y a des différences entre la règle et la pratique courante ? J'entends demain être prononcé par ...
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Pronunciation of “tous” — Prononciation de « tous »

I'm very confused about it. Tous is pronounced sometimes “tou” sometimes “tousse”. Is there a fairly simple rule for that? I found this document but I really couldn't understand it and I think it is ...
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Pronunciation of “œuf” and “œufs”

I heard the œuf in “un œuf” pronounced /œf/, but the œufs in “six œufs” pronounced /ø/ (that is, without the /f/ sound). Is the plural always pronounced this way? Is this just a special feature of ...