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 case you can't log in to the website above, the example sentence was "comment t'appelles-tu ?" and I hear "sh" sound at the end clearly. Is there a dialect like that?

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    It is not like English "too." French has two different vowels in this region (seen in the words "tu" and "tout") and you need to be careful to distinguish them. French and English have different sound systems. The phenomenon that makes you hear a consonant sound at the end is explained here: french.stackexchange.com/questions/16320/…
    – sumelic
    Commented Jan 10, 2016 at 23:21
  • Thanks! As for the vowel in "tu," it's the shorter version of the vowel in English "too": u vs. uː in IPA, right?
    – stacko
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 0:09
  • I was wrong; it's [y] vs. [uː ]. French one is more front, right?
    – stacko
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 1:57
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    It is more front in French, and also the type of rounding is a bit different. English /u:/ is often a bit fronter than French /u/, but it's usually not as front as French /y/.
    – sumelic
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 2:23
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    – None
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 6:41

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You can hear a not too bad pronouciation of tu with google traduction.

Here an exemple : link


Tu peux écouter une prononciation pas trop mauvaise de tu avec google traduction.

Voici un exemple : lien

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