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Prononciation du prénom Anne

Aujourd’hui au Québec, on prononce [an] le prénom Anne, comme probablement dans la majorité de la Francophonie. Cependant, quand on parle de Sainte-Anne (la personne ou un lieu nommé d’après elle), il ...
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“81” pronunciation—pronounce the “t” ou non? [duplicate]

I googled the pronunciation of “81” in French and got what I’m 81% sure is an incorrect pronunciation (see attached image) since there’s no “et” in the number like the pronunciation suggestion implies....
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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 ...
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Do I have to learn /o/ or /ɔ/ separately?

I thought that French has only /ɔ/ sound, which is a bit more relaxed sound then /o/sound. But when I try to find the pronunciation symbols for my vocabulary book, both of the rounded vowels appear. ...
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Prononciation du s final en “ils/elles” même sans liaison

Dans une école primaire (classe CE1), on m'a dit que lorsque les écoliers pratiquent la conjugaison, l'institutrice a dit de prononcer le s final de "ils/elles". Par exemple : ilS parlent/ elleS ...
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Do French kids have difficulty learning their spellings?

What I'd like to know is that whether French kids aged about 4 or 7 have difficulty reading or writing French than other kids with the different languages. They can speak fluent French of course, but ...
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Why is the name Bergson pronounced like Berksonne?

The English Wikipedia says the name of the philosopher Henri-Louis Bergson is pronounced [bɛʁksɔn] in French, instead of [bɛʁgsɔ̃]. What is the historical/cultural reason behind this pronunciation? ...
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How am I supposed to understand spoken French? [closed]

I've been learning French and reading and writing it is easy. But understanding spoken French is hard because many consonants are not pronounced, and they speak so fast, blurring the entire sentence ...
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Why is the second S silent in “Sens dessus dessous”?

The expression "sens dessus dessous" is pronounced as "sans dessus dessous" or "sang dessus dessous". But I have yet to find another sentence where "sens" is pronounced that way. I always find it ...
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propos - pronunciation

Word Reference dict (https://www.wordreference.com/fren/propos) and Collins dict (https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/propos) say that the pronunciation of "propos" is /pʀɔpo/ ,...
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Prononcer ge et gue

Évidemment, je connais les règles de prononciation du g suivi par une voyelle. Existe-t-il des exceptions ? C'est-à-dire, y a-t-il des mots où gui se prononce comme gi (ou l'inverse), gue comme ge,...
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Aren't all schwas sounded like /ø/?

As I have described in the title, I find that the /ə/ sound doesn't exist in Parisian accent. When I asked how to pronounce “Monsieur” to a French native speaker, he tried very hard to correct my IPA ...
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Le yod indu en français populaire et autres particularités du français québecois au subjonctif présent du verbe être?

Les verbes qui ont un yod [j] à certaines formes connaissent l'alternance [...] un y quand le [j] est présent, un i sinon. [...] La langue populaire tend à introduire un yod indu à la finale [.....
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b a ba, /beaba/ or /bøaba/?

A teacher I had made a point of pronouncing le b a ba /ləbøaba/ and sounded the letter b the way it is sounded when reading is taught to young children, /bø/ and not /be/, as you would sound /ʀø/ ...
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How the name “craqueuhhe” is read

Can anybody kindly tell me how this name is read: a craqueuhhe, a kind of necrophageous vampire from France. I know how to read the beginning craqueu- Is the ending pronounced -hhe? Thanks in advance.
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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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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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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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Pronunciation of “œuf” in “deux œufs kinder” and “bœuf ”in “deux bœufs bourguignons” as an exception to silent /f/ in the plural

Say you wanted to buy some Kinder eggs in a store and had to ask for them and say : Je vais vous prendre deux œufs kinder. What would you actually say? /døzøkindɛr/ or /døzœfkindɛr/. Likewise, ...
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Pronunciation of “au” in restaurant

I thought that AU in French was always pronounced /o/, but Collins dict (https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/restaurant), Word Reference dict (https://www.wordreference.com/...
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Pronunciation of E in je, le, ce, ne, que

Is the E in the end of monosyllabic words like je, le, ce, ne and que pronounced [ø] , [œ] or [ə] ? It seems I hear different sounds, depending on the sentence and on the speaker. Examples: le ...
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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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When there is a /dl/ or /tl/ in the transcription, do you pronounce the /d/ or /t/ sound?

I've watched a video according to which we place our tongue in the back of the upper teeth while pronouncing both /t/, /d/ and /l/ sounds. So while pronouncing /dl/ or /tl/ we only need to position ...
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Is dépêcher a pronunciation exception?

I was taught that ê is pronounced /ɛ/, but the ê in dépêcher seems to be pronounced as /e/. Curiously, the ê in "je me dépêche" clearly sounds as /ɛ/. Is "dépêcher" an exception of that ...
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Why French dicts do not contain the distinct pronunciations of words in Canada and France (as UK and US pronunciations in English dicts)?

English is pronounced differently in each country where it is spoken. The two most popular accents are the ones from UK and US. The most widely taught UK English accent is called Received ...
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Pronunciation of “déjeuner”

Is the pronunciation of "déjeuner" region-dependent? Collins dict says the correct pronunciation is /deʒœne/ Wiktionary says it could be /deʒœne/ or /deʒøne/
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Why is the nasal vowel /ɛ̃/ transcribed as it is if it is closer to [ã]?

I am struggling to pronounce the /ɛ̃/ phonem, used in words such as "matin" and "chien". I initially tried to just make a /ɛ/ and let air come from the nose when I speak, but that does not sound like ...
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Pronunciation versus spelling of “vaudou”

In most other French words I know, the "au" sound makes the "oh" sound, like in "auteur", "beau", and "Autriche". Even "au" (à + le) is pronounced that way! Yet I've heard the word "vaudou" (voodoo, ...
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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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Does French have the English “short i” vowel?

I'm wondering about the "short i" vowel that exists commonly in American English in words like "India, tick, lid". Note, this vowel seems a bit unstable in English and gets merged with others in the ...
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Facteurs dans la prononciation de “but”

C'est en écoutant « Le jour où j'arrêterai l'rap » de Kery James que, dans la séquence qui commence vers 0:44, j'ai entendu pour la première fois la prononciation /byt/ pour but. Eh bien, lorsque j'ai ...
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Mes dames, mesdames et leur prononciation

Mon fils m'a dit entendre prononcer le mot « mesdames » (ou en deux mots « mes dames », il n'en est pas sûr) comme mesdam, c'est à dire en prononçant le s (il a entendu cette prononciation ...
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Differentiate between « ils ont » and « ils sont » in oral French

How would I identify if another person is saying / How should I pronounce ils ont or ils sont? For example: Ils sont des rois. (They are the kings) Ils ont des rois. (They have the kings)
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Why is “faisait” pronounced /fə.zɛ/? [duplicate]

Considering the fact that just about every pronunciation guide says that "-ai" should be pronounced like "é" and "-ais" or "-ait" should be "è", I find the ə strange. What's the deal here?
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Is there any hidden 'W' sound after 'comment' in : Comment est-elle?

Comment est-il? I don't know why, even tho I know that there is no linking 'W' sound in French as there is in English I still hear it between 'comment' and 'est' as if it were (/kɔ.mɑ̃ w ɛt.i.l/) ...
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Prononciation du mot “challenge” [duplicate]

Challenge : (Anglicisme) Défi, épreuve. La prononciation logique, et utilisée, est \ʃa.lɑ̃ʒ\, mais, réemprunté à l’anglais, le mot est depuis le XXe siècle généralement prononcé à l’anglaise. ...
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Les phonèmes /ø/ (eu) et /œ̃/ (un) rhotacisés au Québec

Longtemps j’ai attribué la rhotacisation (ou rétroflexion) au Québec des phonèmes voyelliques /ø/ et /œ̃/ à une francisation tardive d’une personne anglophone ou à sa fréquentation plus active des ...
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Liaison between indirect and direct objects

I found this sentence on Wikipedia under the impossible liaison section (with the explanation that liaison is impossible between two complements of a ditransitive verb) donner des cadeaux à Jean /...
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Pronunciation of “créer”

I used to think that pronouncing the verb "créer" like "créyer" was a specificity of West African French, but recently heard it said by a Morrocan and a Normand. What is the most common pronunciation ...
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Liaison de verbes en er

Si je ne me trompe pas, la chanteuse Zaz semble faire la liaison entre l'infinitif d'un verbe en er et la prochaine voyelle. Cela peut s'etendre dans au moins deux chansons : Celle [la solitude] ...
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Pourquoi “problème d'yeux” ?

Pourquoi écrit-on problème d'yeux et pas problème de yeux voire problème des yeux ? Comment prononce-t-on problème d'yeux ?
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Liaison in french dialects

Are there conservative dialects of french in which the phenomenon of liaison is not present,so that consonants at the end of words are always fully pronounced?
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Why is the 'e' sometimes pronounced at the end of words?

I was watching a series Au service de la France and I've noticed that the colonel is sometimes pronouncing the letter 'e' at the end of words. An example could be season 1, episode 12, where he says: ...
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Do native French speakers view “th” as a digraph?

French, like English has a few digraphs, e.g. "ph" /f/ in both French and English, and "ch", /ʃ/ in French, /tʃ/ in English. In words such as: thermomètre mathématique is "th" considered a ...
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Y a-t-il une différence de prononciation entre [disemine] et [dissemine] (disséminer/dissémination) ?

Dans un texte où on peut lire les propos navrants d'un libertarien faisant l'apologie du révisionnisme néo-fasciste on peut aussi lire d'autres propos du même acabit au sujet de la « dissémination des ...
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How to pronounce dates like: “le six avril” and “le trois octobre”

Good old French number pronunciation! Already scratching my head over how to teach my little first-grade students without completely confusing them that "six" is pronounced [sees] when by itself, [...
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La - pronounces as a soft Ля or hard Ла?

I have been hearing many times the pronunciation of La and some other sounds and don't understand yet, is it soft or solid? I don't know how to represent better this sound in English but if you in ...
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Spelling of “je” and “ge” as “ze”

The question: Why is "Je" sometimes written as "Ze" (and other words with similar sounds) The context: Recently, I have been reading a graphic novel aimed at kids in which a kitten gets lost and is ...
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What is the rule of concatenating words on a series of words that start/end with vowel?

In French, I learned that you must concatenate mulitple words if both the end of the first word and the start of the second word are vowel. For example: J'aime les lègumes. # not Je aime But what ...
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Should I pronounce 'e' in the ending?

I know that it is kind a like basics, but as I learned, e in the ending is not pronouncing, but I've listened Stromae's song "formidable" where he actually pronounces 'e' on the ending. Which variant ...