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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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Pourquoi les francophones utilisent tant de lettres qu'ils ne prononcent pas? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Écart entre l'orthographe et la prononciation du français Par exemple, la liste suivante: Sucent (/sys/ pas /sysan/) Beaucoup (/boku/ pas /bokup/) Pareille (...
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“Quelle école”: is there two vowels in a row and how to pronounce them?

Today my teacher said that you are able to say "quelle école". I don't understand how this is done because there are two vowels in a row. When I asked her, she wasn't able to explain the details. ...
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Prononciation du mot « jasser »

Selon Wikipedia, « jasser » est une variante orthographique de « yasser » et se prononce de la même façon. Ainsi, le « j » se prononce comme un « y ». Questions : D'abord, pourquoi garde-t-on la ...
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Comment prononcer les nombres à virgule ?

Comment se prononce (par exemple) le nombre « 3,5 », ou « 3,25 » ? S'il existe plus d'une prononciation (si l'usage hésite, ou si les prix se prononcent différemment des poids, ou je ne sais quoi), ...
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When can I drop a mute e between two pronounced consonants?

From what I understand, by watching this video "French consonant clusters: occlusives + / l /" (and I truly recommend her videos for everyone trying to learn French), a mute e is normally dropped "in ...
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À quel point est-il acceptable d'utiliser le « r » comme en espagnol au lieu du « r » français?

En français, dans la majorité des accents en France, on utilise le r uvulaire [ʀ]/[ʁ], mais dans quelques régions on utilise le r alvéolaire [r] comme en espagnol. J'entends beaucoup d'étudiants de ...
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How do you know when the /ə/ drops and when it doesn't?

According to my textbook (my teacher isn't clear in her elaboration of my question), 'the /ə/ never drops out if that would result in three or more consonant sounds together. You would see this in ...
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Régime conjoint et disjoint des pronoms personnels: en quoi l'histoire contredit-elle la situation actuelle?

Après avoir lu une question sur le pronom personnel (te) et sa position dans la phrase, j'ai vu la règle au Grevisse (a. 682) avec le titre: Place du pronom conjoint autre que le sujet. Dans les ...
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Prononciation du subjonctif et du présent de l'indicatif

Quand un verbe s'écrit de la même façon au présent de l'indicatif et au subjonctif, prononce-t-on les deux formes de la même façon ? Il travaille ici mais sa gérante veut qu'il travaille ailleurs. ...
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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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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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How to pronounce the sound [l]

My Russian textbook on French (written 20 years ago) says that to make the sound [l], as in aller [ale], I have to put the tip of the tongue to the alveolar ridge (it is the part of the roof of the ...
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Prononcer le « e » dans « cet » — Pronouncing the “e” in “cet”

Quand on utilise l'adjectif démonstratif cet (par exemple: cet homme, cet appareil), comment doit-on prononcer le voyelle e dans cet ? Comme l'e dans ce, ou comme le premier e dans cette ? When we ...
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Pas d'accent circonflexe à la troisième personne du singulier pour « se taire »

Cette citation provient de la page 115 de Schaum's Outline of French Grammar de Mary Crocker. Plaire (à) (to be pleasing), déplaire (à) (to displease) and se taire (to be quiet) are conjugated ...
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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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Comment prononce-t-on « je cherche » ?

Je sais qu'avant les consonnes vocalisées, on assimile le mot je comme /ʒ/, et qu'avant les consonnes non vocalisées, on assimile le mot je comme /ʃ/ donc par exemple Je dis ---> /ʒdi/ Je fais ---> ...
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Comment prononcer la liaison dans « le premier étage » ?

Je crois qu’il faut faire la liaison : le premier‿étage. Alors, la lettre « r » se prononce, mais comment faut-il prononcer « premier » ? Est-ce qu’on retient la prononciation masculine : [pʁə.mje] ?...
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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 are the letters “s”, “t”, “p”, “d” silent if there isn't an “e” at the end? [closed]

Why are the letters “s”, “t”, “p”, “d” (a mnemonic is to remember consonants in "stupid") silent when final — without a “e” at the end? I'm really confused. Any reasonable explanation is appreciated.
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Vowels at the end of words, that are not in the transcripts

To me it sounds like many words are pronounced with a vowel at the end, contrary to the transcription. Let's take, as an example, the word siècle; listen to its pronunciation at Collins Dictionary. ...
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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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How to identify “d'eau” vs “d'œufs” upon hearing them?

In some situations "un œuf" is changed to "d'œufs" and "de l'eau" is changed to "d'eau". "d'œufs" and "d'eau" are apparently both pronounced the same and my guess is that there might be many other ...
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Comment dit-on « de x » où x est une lettre ?

Pour exemple, je corrige les examens et l'étudiant a omis la partie « f » du problème. Je voudrais écrire « pas de f » mais je suis pas sûr si on n'écrit pas « pas d'f » (parce que, même si la lettre ...
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Writing what we hear from a French audio [closed]

Since in the French language, some characters are not read, some sounds are connected (liaisons), I would like to know how French people write down what they hear. For example, if you hear e le taks, ...
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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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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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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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Does air escape through the mouth for nasal vowels?

The definition of a nasal vowel is A nasal vowel is a vowel that is produced with a lowering of the velum so that air escapes both through nose as well as the mouth. For French nasal sounds, ...
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When is an “s” sound 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 a pattern? les ...
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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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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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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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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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Pronunciation of “genre” as “jarre”

I noticed that some people from Saint Étienne tend to pronounce "genre" like "jarre". Are there other words with such pronunciation alteration in Saint Étienne and around?
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Why is there no liaison in “sait utiliser” ?

Look at this phrase: il sait utiliser son monde And you can listen to pronunciation here. Why unlike what is most of the time expected (when a word ends with a consonant and the next words ...
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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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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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The pronunciation of French “e”

Does this table for French “e” pronunciation look OK to you? Please definitely point out any errors! The same contents as of this table are also found at the end of this question on this page. ...
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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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Que puis-je étudier après avoir terminé tous les niveaux de Rosetta Stone? [closed]

J’étudie le français depuis de quelques mois et je viens de terminer tous les niveaux de Rosetta Stone. C'est un bon programme, mais je crois que j'ai beaucoup de mots et de grammaire à étudier, et ...
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pronunciation of “femme” and “lemme” words [duplicate]

In french language, there are many words which syntax are the same. Normally these words will be pronunciated with the same way, but it is not the case, for example ,for : Lemme Femme It is two ...
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Utilisation des accents grave et aigu sur la lettre e

Je voudrais savoir pourquoi dans certains mots on écrit la lettre e avec un accent grave è, bien qu'on prononce le mot avec un accent aigu é. À titre d'exemple je peux citer : très près Merci
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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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Pronunciation of “Flamant”

I am confused with pronunciation of “Flamant”. I know this word is French but I am not sure about its pronunciation. First I saw the word in Introduction to Continuum Mechanics.
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French and English pronounciation of [ε]

[ε] in french language sounds like a double vowel, close to English [ei], how should I pronounce it correctly? Besides, french [ε] sound sounds obviously different from English [ε] , Can you help me ...
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Pronunciation of plurals?

What is the difference in pronunciation between le livre rouge and-- les livres rouges ?
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How to pronounce 'mange'?

I'm just at elementary level of French and learning from Duolingo. I came to word which means to eat and spells mange; it should be man as in manga art & ge as in gay according to English ...
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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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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 ...