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How do I say "A la suite de cet incident"

I want to say: "A la suite de cet incident" in French In theory, we need to say: \a la sɥit də sɛt ɛ̃ si dɑ̃\ However, it is very difficult to pronounce the two sounds \t də\ of the two ...
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When does the ɔ have a "o̞" OR "ɞ" sound?

Hi French linguists and French people, I am just a beginner, so I might be wrong. I am teaching myself ONLY on Duolingo and the internet. I am really trying to learn the difference between ɔ and o̞....
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Prononciation non claire : « triste et vieille <?> »

Au point « 1866s » de cette histoire on peut entendre « triste et vieille <?> ». Est-ce que quelqu'un aurait une certitude quant à ce qui est dit?
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Prononciation non claire

Au point « 1899s » de ce movie on peut entendre « Là ça se confirme, ce truc a donc pété <quelque chose incompréhensible pour des oreilles normales> ». Est-ce que quelqu'un aurait une certitude ...
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Prononciation des mots en -um

On m’a fait remarquer, après toute une vie de pratique du français comme langue maternelle, que ma prononciation des mots en -um tels que maximum, forum, album, etc. était incorrecte. Je prononçais la ...
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Mot incertain, peut-être mal prononcé

Dans l'interview suivante, à 2h52m30s, on peut entendre ce qui suit. … de Churchill ils avaient avancé leur grande offensive …tout ça on était assez au courant hein … leur grande offensive parce que ...
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Words with the same pronunciation in English and French [closed]

I've learned French for more than 2 years and I've realized that many words in English match words in French but have a different pronunciation, for example, introduction, culture... Therefore, I'd ...
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Comment prononcer « de grandes amours » ?

Si j’ai bien compris la règle, le mot « amour » devient féminin au pluriel, donc la locution « de grandes amours » me semble tout à fait juste, cependant je n’arrive pas à la prononcer. Quand je fais ...
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Le manque d’élision de « de ouf »

Je suis conscient du fait que la construction « de ouf » est de l’argot, mais quoi qu’il en soit, c’est quelque chose que j’entends assez souvent dans mon quotidien. Ainsi, j’aimerais savoir la raison ...
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Variation en prononciation de "en/em " et "an/am"

Les manuels de français normalement disent que "en/em" et "an/am" représentent le même son [ɑ̃] (a-nasal). Le même point est fait, par exemple, dans cette discussion: Prononciation ...
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How to improve my pronunciation in French? [closed]

I am looking for a good way to improve my pronunciation. It seems there are AI applications that can record my current way to speak, and propose improvements. The main app I found was elsaspeak but it ...
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The liaison with « plus » [duplicate]

In a sentence like « plus on fait quelque chose...» is the liaison necessary? Originally my dictionary states "plus/le plus used in comparison (meaning more/the most) is pronounced [ply] before a ...
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Pronunciation of « peut être »

I know that in « peut-être » the t is pronounced and I was wondering whether the t is still pronounced between the peut and the être in sentences like « il peut être quelque chose » because it has a ...
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Pronunciation of inédit [duplicate]

I would have imagined that the first syllable of inédit would be pronounced as in interdit. Is there a rule that dictates why it's more of an English "ee" sound?
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Why is final e sometimes pronounced in the words 'juste', 'presque', and 'quelque'?

Regarding the pronunciation of final 'e' in French words, I have recently been looking at 'juste', 'presque', and 'quelque'. In most cases, it seems that for the isolated word, the final 'e' is not ...
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Proper Middle French c. 1450 pronunciation for the "Le Roy Engloys" song

So I got really interested in this old French song about kicking out the English called "Le Roy Engloys", but I can't really find a source comprehensive enough so that I can actually sing it ...
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Why is the pronunciation the same for récupéreras and récupéras?

I know French is well known for its illogical spelling with regards to pronunciation but I was puzzled at these two words being the same despite the conjugation being different and the addition of a ...
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lip-rounding of definite article? [duplicate]

I am a native Indian speaker and I am having trouble determining the rounded quality of the masculine definite article. Is 'le' (such as in 'le pet') pronounced /lə/ or /lø/? Is it a regional ...
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How to pronounce the letter "E" in French, and how to pronounce its name in the French alphabet song

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 ...
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What is the most common pronunciation of "yahoo"?

I pronounce X.Y@yahoo.com as: " X/pwɛ̃/Y arobase /ˈjɑːhuː/ com ". I noticed that many times I am not understood. What is the most common pronunciation of yahoo in French?
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« Il va y en avoir » prononcé « il va n'en avoir » ?

Dans une séquence de film on entend un enfant dire : Le château fort qu'on va faire, là, les murs vont être large « comme ça », Il va être plus gros que ma maison, plus haut que les arbres, Il va, il ...
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Prononciation : [i] au lieu de [y]

J'ai entendu plusieurs fois des francophones originaires d'Afrique du nord prononcer le son [i] au lieu du son [y]. Par exemple : Lic (pour Luc), Jési (pour Jésus), isine (pour usine) etc. Comment s'...
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Pronunciation of "quel"

I'm not sure if I'm pronouncing this right. Does the first syllable of quel sound like "gel" or "kel"? In the alphabet, q makes a koo sound.
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Why is 's' sound at the end of a word sometimes not pronounced when followed by a word that starts with a vowel?

We do not pronounce 's' or 'x' sounds at the end of a word when the word is read on its own. But if it is followed by another word starting with a vowel (or 'h'), we generally pronounce 's' or 'x', i....
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Prononciation du verbe « parker/parquer » en français du Québec ?

Dans une chanson d'un groupe québécois, on trouve les paroles suivantes : [...] C’est si triste que des fois quand je rentre à la maison Pis que j’parke mon vieux camion J’vois toute l’Amérique qui ...
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Prononciation du mot "parc"

Pourquoi faut-il prononcer le "c" terminal en le mot "parc"? Est-ce que "parc" se derive du mot anglais "park" (ou le "k" terminal se prononce?)
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Difference in pronunciation of /ø/, /ə/, and /œ/

I have been trying to improve my French pronunciation and I came across some vowels that sound the same when I say them: the close-mid front rounded vowel (/ø/), the open-mid front rounded vowel (/œ/),...
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Confused about transcriptions using the /j/ sound

In words like payer /peje/, pied /pje/, œil /œj/, paille /paj/, if I were to replace the /j/ with /i/ so these words become /peie/, /pie/, /œi/ and /pai, would there be any differences in ...
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What happens if I pronounce the silent s in 'suis' ?

When 'suis' is followed by a vowel the final s is pronounced, i.e. Je suis allé. But what if I pronounce the silent s before a consonant? What would be the reaction of a native French speaker? Would ...
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Prononciation du mot "mœurs"

L'autre jour j'ai utilisé le mot mœurs en prononçant \mœʁ\. Je n'ai pas été compris et j'ai dû épeler le mot. On m'a dit que la prononciation correcte est \mœʁs\. Le lemme du mot dans wiktionnaire ...
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Why is commandant kɔ.mɑ̃.dɑ̃ and not kɔ̃.mɑ̃.dɑ̃?

According to the French orthography page on Wikipedia, -om becomes ɔ̃ before a consonant (m in this case). So why is ɔ̃ not allowed? Is it because of some syllable breakdown rule that I am not aware ...
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Différences de la prononciation de : e, é, è, ê et ai

Y a-t-il toujours des différences de prononciation entre les formes accentuées de e: e, é, è, ê, ai ? Plus spécifiquement, sont-elles perceptibles et doit-on toujours les prononcer différemment ? ...
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Is [ʕ] an acceptable allophone for the French R?

My native language is Korean. For me, the French R is too hard to pronounce. It seems the only uvular consonants that I can easily pronounce are stops, e.g. [q], [ɢ], and [ɴ]. Yet French R is not a ...
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How to you express a sentence when you mean something is obvious, but not using the word obvious?

In Swedish, I can say Jag dör = Je meurs = I'm dying But if I insert ju = "obvious" Jag dör ju = I'm obviously dying But ju does not mean directly "obvious". It's just a word ...
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Is there a way to be notified if there is an irregular pronunciation?

For example crier in the future simple form is crierai and it is conjugated just like parler-parlerai BUT! as it was pointed out in this video to me https://youtu.be/IEbpqZSBUFY?t=285. the ...
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Are "ne" and "que" sometimes dropped in spoken French?

I have heard that French people most of the time drop ne and sometimes they drop que. Dropping the ne https://youtu.be/DKfwvE3WK1M?t=201 She don't say qui ne..., only qui... Is it when when ne...pas ...
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Variantes de prononciation standard ou régionale ?

Locuteur natif, je connais quelques mots dont la prononciation est parfois différente de celle attendue en lisant le mot (outres les femme, poêle, monsieur). Je pense notamment à : Pharmacie ...
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When should I skip to pronunce the "e" in the words "le", "me", "se" etc?

I have notice something in spoken french, the e is skipped when it comes to le, de, se, me, etc. For example. C'est le moment = It's the moment But it will be pronounced as C'el momo. Or why not: Pas ...
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Spelling a word with a double letter in spoken French

I vaguely recall that when spelling a word with a double letter like "Anne" or "ville" in spoken French (say, spelling your name to someone over the phone), one would not say &...
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Liaison between French names and surnames

Is liaison between French names and surnames used? For example, if a Francois has a surname starting with a vowel, is it pronounced as Francois or Francoise
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Prononciation de 'lol'

Question bête peut-être : comment prononce-t-on 'lol' en français ? Lol (un seul mot) ou L-O-L (épeler les lettres) ?
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Comment prononcer le son « on » lorsqu’il est suivi d’une voyelle?

Quand les francophones disent « bon appétit » ou « bon anniversaire », j’entends « bonne » au lieu de « bon ». Par contre pour « son » dans « son anniversaire » il me parait toujours « son » et pas « ...
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What is the best phrase book for French learning?

I just found a way for me to learn French - Practice phrases. I found a book called French Visual Phrases. But it only teach me a lot of fruits and goods names. I'm looking for a phrase book where I ...
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How can "Prends garde" means "Be careful" or "Beware"?

Prends means to take. Garde means to keep So how can Prends + Garde become Be careful or Beware? Is it something like "Take and keep" that means that the person need to take all information ...
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Is "e" always pronounced like /e/ before ss?

I've mistakenly used /ə/ rather than /e/ in essayer, professeur, essentiel. Is "ess" always /es/?
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Prononciation "bonshommes"

Comment doit-on prononcer le mot « bonshommes ? » Est-ce qu'il doit se dire bonZhomme (comme dans zèbre) Ou alors bonShomme (comme dans serpent) ? Et pourquoi une grammaire particulière sur ce mot ? ...
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What is the rule for the different pronunciations of "emm" and "enn" in French words?

The "emm" token is sometimes pronounced \ɛm\ as in "gemme" or "lemme" sometimes it is pronounced \ɑ̃m\ as in "emmener" or "réemmurer". Same for "...
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Are "ces" and "ses" pronounced the same?

If you hear the sentence: ...a l’habitude de passer Noël avec ses grands-parents. Which means: ...are used to spend christmas with his grand parents. But what if we replace ses with ces. Then we ...
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Prononciation du mot "haricot"

Je sais que l'h du mot "haricot" est aspiré. Le haricot ; les haricot (pas d'élision ; pas de liaison). J'ai entendu plusieurs fois des natifs dire "les haricots verts" en faisant ...
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How do you pronounce "a un" in French?

I heard the sentence Car on a un and I notice that a un liaise with each other, but I cannot really hear what it sounded like. All I heard was an falling a. Listen to 7:13 here. Does it sounds like he ...
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