to which source/website do you go to if you want to know how a specific word is pronounced?

So far I only know of Forvo. Unfortunately, I do not see that the académie française provides any help on that (not even given a representation in the IPA).

I come up with this question because I am uncertain of how the word "haricot" (bean) is pronounced. The académie française says that the h is aspirated but I have never heard a french speaker do so (and yes, I have read Prononciation du mot "haricot")


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"Aspirated" doesn't mean "pronounced" when talking about the French h, which is always silent. H aspiré means that there cannot be any contractions or liaisons in front of the h, in comparison to h muet, which allows both.

For example:

les haricots is pronounced [le a ʁi ko]

les habitudes is pronounced [le za bi tyd]

Habitudes begins with h muet and therefore allows the liaison with preceding les.

Likewise, le haricot vs l'habitude - only the latter contracts with the preceding article.

  • Thanks! Do you also have a website where you go to to find pronounciation advice?
    – sorry
    Mar 30 at 14:24
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    @sorry: If you haven't figured out how to read IPA pronunciations, none of the dictionaries are going to help you. But IPA isn't that hard; figure it out. Mar 30 at 14:35
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    Lots of French natives pronounce [lezaʁiko], and not only children!
    – None
    Mar 30 at 15:10
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    @PeterShor I do know how to read IPA but I don't know any website that provides it. Do you know any?
    – sorry
    Mar 30 at 16:55
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    @Frank Attends quelques décennies, et ça deviendra beau, voire littéraire ;-) Apr 4 at 10:05

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