On https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aide:Alphabet_phon%C3%A9tique_fran%C3%A7ais, the sound consonne occlusive dentale voisée uses d while on the page the d links to https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consonne_occlusive_dentale_vois%C3%A9e the symbol used is .

Which is right? And does anyone have a sound sample? Wikipedia is missing it for this sound (and a couple of others, is there a complete collection somewhere?).

Edit: same question for https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consonne_occlusive_dentale_sourde

Edit 2: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyelle_ouverte_centrale_non_arrondie

Edit 3: hmm, ɛ and ɛ: point to the same side/sound sample?

Edit 4: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyelle_ouverte_post%C3%A9rieure_non_arrondie (different symbols)

Edit 5: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyelle_mi-ouverte_ant%C3%A9rieure_non_arrondie



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    French only has one /d/, so there is no point in specifying [d], [d̪], or [d̠] when transcribing French in IPA, and it's generally transcribed as /d/. English Wikipedia gives both sounds, although, confusingly, they change the vowel as well: [dɑ] and [d̪a]. (This might explained if the first is from an English speaker and the second from a French speaker.) Mar 25 '20 at 12:51

Did you read the et pages completely? They explain you how to make the sounds. However, if you still want to listen to them, you can go on this page.

For your second edit, you must know that in France, we pronounce it the same way as a normal (french) "a". Only some rare regions still make the difference, so don't learn this sound, you won't need it.

In phonetic, the two triangles ː after a vowell mean that it must be longer, as in english ship /i/ or sheep /iː/.

The sound ɑ is the same as the sound ä described above, but we don't make the difference and always say it a, except in some regions.

The sound ɔ is the same as in the word spa in english. You can listen to it here again

Finally, I know that the sound œ can be really difficult to pronounce for some foreigners. Again, listen to it on this website, and if you still don't succeed, you can go on this youtube video.

Good luck!

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    First, the sound ɔ is not the sound of spa in English (except maybe for a few people from Boston and the Western U.S.); the sound of spa is the same as the sound of pâte in French, assuming you don't pronounce pâte the same as patte). The sound ɔ is the sound of caught or fort. Mar 26 '20 at 19:27
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    Second, the IPA symbols [ɑ] and [ä] aren't officially the same sound (although they represent same phoneme when talking about french, so don't worry about the difference). Mar 26 '20 at 19:31
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    Actually, listening to the website you linked to, I suspect that the vowel in proche may have changed since they assigned the IPA symbols, and it now may be closer to the vowel of cot, [ɒ], in British English (this move was probably possible because the vowel of pâte has disappeared from many dialects of French). This vowel doesn't exist in American English, but I would still say the closest American vowel is in caught and not spa. Mar 26 '20 at 19:54

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