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I am trying to figure out how to pronounce the name of the letter "e" in French for the last year.. like in this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xuZxGirWQI

How do they call the letter "e"?
How do I produce this sound?

Until now I referred to "E" and "eu" like the same sounds.
I would pronounce the e in "je" and "ne" and "me" like this:
I am saying the i sound in the English word "bird" then I puckered my lips as if I am saying the oo sound in the word "good" the letter "e" seems to be the most important letter in French and I don't know how to pronounce it.

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  • I've watched a few online tutorials on how to pronounce the [ə] sound, and I'd recommend this one. Be careful, it is a much shorter sound as in "bird", but lip movement is the same to start with.
    – None
    Sep 13 at 15:18
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I would indeed describe the sound of E like "eu", but not like in the word bird. It would be more like a mix or the sound I the word bird and the first sound of the word "expect", so it's like "eu" but a bit higher than in the word bird. I recommend you listen to French YouTubers, it's the best way to know how to pronounce stuff

How to prononce "je":

https://youtu.be/IsBDzm-GUEE

How to prononce "e":

https://youtu.be/FOeuvYUpPgQ

French channels I recommand (they speak of subject unrelated to the French language, but they have a nice way of speaking and articulating their words and sentences):

  • Dr Nozman

  • Poisson Fécond

  • Astronogeek

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    Maybe you have some sources for pronunciation examples (dictionnary, website, youtube videos)?
    – XouDo
    Sep 13 at 15:50
  • thanks man, the e sounds that she makes in the video sounds like the letter "o" in the word "lock" with rounded lips. Sep 13 at 17:17
  • It does come close Sep 13 at 18:03
  • If that was the answer you were looking for, you can accept it as an answer. Else, you can tell me what other specifications you need. Sep 13 at 21:36
  • "the sound of E like 'eu'" ...as in what? Sorry, I'm confused.
    – livresque
    Sep 13 at 21:53
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For an English speaker I'd say the "e" in je, me, le.

Sounds a lot like the "e" in a trailing "er" in October ...

You just have to remove the "r", close the mouth a bit more, and shorten the syllabus.

And yeah, French language is a bit weird when it comes to spelling...

Jeux, Mercredi, cheuveux ... sounds all the same closed eu

But : Beurre, œuf, neuf are a bit open and sounds more like "bird".

That being said, there are a lot of french accent, and people from north or south will close or open the e or the o depending on folklore.

Good luck !

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