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Pourquoi certains « e » se prononcent-ils « a » ?

Femme, évidemment, solennellement, fréquemment, différemment, et il y en a sûrement de nombreux autres. Y a-t-il une raison derrière ces e prononcés a, et qui doivent rendre fou les personnes ...
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Prononciation de « in » et « im »

Est-ce qu'il y a une règle pour savoir s'il faut prononcer /ɛ̃/ ou /in/ ? J'ai l'impression que si le n est suivi d'une voyelle, c'est /in/, est-ce que c'est aussi simple que ça ?
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Prononciation de an, en, ain et in

Est-ce que il y a des distinctions entre ces différentes nasales ? an en ain in Est-ce-que il y a des différences entre la règle et la pratique courante ? J'entends demain être prononcé par ...
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Why isn't a nasalised vowel used for “divin” here?

I was searching for some Christmas carols and decided to look up "Il est né le divin enfant", having heard only the beginning of the song in the past. I then noticed that all the recordings I listened ...
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Pronunciation of ɛ̃ as a back vowel

When some native speakers pronounce “matin”, which is listed in most dictionaries as [ma.tɛ̃], the nasalized vowel is substantially more back and open than ɛ. This seems much more common than not in ...
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Problem with the pronunciation of sequences of “in”, “a” and “un” vowel sounds

I have come across the following sentence lately: Je mets fin à un conflit. How am I supposed to pronounce ɛ̃ (fin), a (à) and œ̃ (un) after one another? Is there a way to go about it? Should I ...
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La prononciation de « in » en début de mot

En général on prononce la combinaison des lettres « in » avec la voyelle nasale /ɛ̃/ (par exemple inconnu). Cependant, j'ai remarqué qu'on la prononce parfois comme /in/ (par example inacceptable). J'...
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Prononciation de « immangeable »

Je voudrais comprendre pourquoi est-ce qu'on prononce le mot immangeable comme [ɛ̃mɑ̃ʒabl]. Je pensais qu'il fallait dire [imɑ̃ʒabl] parce qu'on prononce des mots comme immense, immobile, immature, ...
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How is /a/ pronounced before n/m in French?

Collins dictionary says that "panneau" is pronounced [pano] and "art" [aʁ]. However, the [a] in "panneau" does not sound like the [a] in art, but rather more nasal. Am I listening that right? If so, ...
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Is “em” ever pronounced /ɛ̃/ as en occasionally is?

"en" in "examen" ist pronounced /ɛ̃/. Are there examples for "em"?
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Nasal vowel followed by nasal consonant in the same syllable

Is there a word in French that's pronounced with a nasal vowel ([ɛ̃], [ɑ̃], [ɔ̃], [œ̃]) followed by a nasal consonant ([n], [m], [ɲ]) in the same syllable in Standard French? Like [ɛ̃n] or [ɑ̃m]. ...
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Pronunciation exercises to learn nasalization

My eleven year old son is learning French in school. Picking up words, phrases, and grammar is easy for him, but he cannot pronounce nasal vowels. He just doesn't know how to create those sounds. ...
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About French consonant and vowel pronunciation

I have two questions that has been bugging me for quite some time. Q1. Is french consonant t,k unaspirated? Example of aspirated t is 'tale', unaspirated 'style'. Q2. Are French nasal vowels ...
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Liaison avec voyelles nasales

1) Y a-t--il une différence phonétique entre un air et un nerf ? 2) Dans les cas ci-après la liaison est obligatoire ? Un ami, aucun ami, bien aimé, rien à dire 3) Il n'y a pas de liaison avec en ...
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Pronunciation of nasal vowel after another nasal vowel?

I can't find anything on the rules on how to pronounce two nasal vowels after each other. In the case of Il se trouve dans un internat. How would you prounounce this "dans un internat"? I assume ...
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How are nasal vowels denasalized during liaison?

I already read this Why isn't a nasalised vowel used for "divin" here? answer, but I felt like I needed a more complete answer. I know that some nasal vowel at the end of words are ...
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How are the nasalized vowel sounds in “enfant” pronounced?

I just started learning French, and I came across the word enfant. The question I have concerns this word's pronunciation. I looked in the dictionary, and it said /ɑ̃fɑ̃/, which is supposed to sound ...
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Tendances dans la prononciation du redoublement graphique des consonnes du mot « grammaire » ?

En ce qui a trait à la prononciation du mot grammaire (/gʁa.mɛʁ/ ou /ɡʁam.mɛʁ/), je lis au TLFi que : Le redoublement graphique de la consonne est en effet le signe d'une ancienne nasalisation de ...
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Prononciation de « spécimen » : pourquoi pas le son nasal ?

Pourquoi le mot spécimen se prononce [spesimɛn] et pas [spesimɛ̃] ? Je me demande pourquoi le son nasal [ɛ̃] disparaît. Par exemple « paysan » , « européen », etc., gardent le son nasal et le ...
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Les voyelles nasales avant des consonnes nasales

Au passé simple, il y a beaucoup de formes qu'on prononce avec une voyelle nasale avant une consonne nasale, comme: nous vînmes = /nu vɛ̃m/ Mais je ne peux pas penser à d'autres exemples où on a ...
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Voyelles orales ou nasales

La transcription de la phrase bon anniversaire est-elle /bɔ̃nanivɛʀsɛʀ/ ou /bɔnanivɛʀsɛʀ/ ? La transcription de en examen est-elle /ɑ̃negzamɛ̃/ ou /anegzamɛ̃/ ?
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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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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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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, how ...
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Dénasalisation du õ

A l'école j'ai appris à dénasaliser la voyelle õ dans le cas de certaines liaisons comme bò-n ami, tò-n oncle, etc. Cependant, on me fait souvent la remarque en me disant que j'ai une prononciation "...
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Pronunciation of i at the beginning of a word in French [duplicate]

Is it always/almost always the case the i at the beginning of a word followed by n in French is pronounced like the "nasal I" such as in cinq, and I before m at the beginning of a word pronounced like ...
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Prononciation des mots “beau” et “bon”

Dans un extrait de "La phonétique" de Bertil Malmberg, l'auteur indique que: Ainsi les mots beau et bon, fait et fin ne se distinguent l'un et l'autre que par la présence ou l'absence de résonance ...