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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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Comment prononcer “graphie naturelle” en poésie?

Je crois qu'en poésie, le e doit se prononcer lorsqu'il est suivi d'une consonne donc ici on aurait gra/phi/e/na/tu/rell(e) mais ce découpage sonne étrangement pour moi. De plus le site https://www....
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French diphthongs and dieresis

I would like to know the list of diphthongs and vowels with dieresis in French. Because I need the correct syllable division.
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Fast spoken French: Is “pour” removed in “Selon moi, pour se changer…”?

I found lots of video clips about Nouvelles en Français facile and they keep it at A1 and A2 levels and some videos are at B1 levels. I'm watching an video right now and they say (1) Selon moi, ...
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How do you pronounce “Dulcos est un homme”?

Typically when one word ends in a consonant it is dropped and becomes the first sounds of the next word if it begins with a vowel (liaison). Dulcos est un homme. Why is the s in Duclos not sounded ...
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Combien de « cuillère(s) » pour une « cuiller » et de [kyjε:ʀ] pour [kɥijε:ʀ] ?

Cuiller est une autre orthographe possible de cuillère. Il y a un siècle, « il n'[était] pas rare d'entendre encore [kyjε:ʀ] en détachant l'u de l'i, ce qui est l'ancienne prononciation (TLFi). Quelle ...
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Comment prononcer le mot « gaspillions »?

Comment prononcer le mot « gaspillions » surtout la combination « ill » suivi d'un « i»? Est-ce qu'on prononce le son "y" pour « ill » et puis le refaire pour le « i » suivant? Ou est-ce qu'...
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Difference in “ai” sound in “aime” and “aimer”

At 2:18 of this video, it is noted that the "ai" in "aime" and "aimer" are not pronounced the same (/ɛm/ and /eme/). Wiktionary lists both /eme/ and /ɛme/ for "aimer,...
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Is there liaison with non?

Does the word non require a liaison? I am thinking of an expression like non à faire. Also if there is a liaison, does the vowel become denasalized?
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Comment prononcer le son « r » plus doucement?

Beaucoup de gens ont des difficultés à prononcer le son « r » mais pour moi, c'est un peu le contraire. Je le prononce à tel point que ça me fait du mal (un peu) - je pensais que c'était normal jusqu'...
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Pourquoi 'bacon' se prononce-t-il comme en anglais ?

Pourquoi bacon se prononce-t-il comme en anglais ? Est-ce un simple cas comme celui de biftek où un mot français à l'origine s'est transformé à travers l'emprunt à l'anglais ? (C'est ce que dit ...
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How to pronounce the last name “Mignotte”?

I was wondering how to pronounce the, assumingly French, last name Mignotte. For a polynomial p(x) with integer coefficients, there is a bound on how big the coefficients can be on any proper factor ...
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Difference between e and ɛ

According to Wiktionary most -er verbs like rechercher has three singular future forms that are pronounced exactly the same. rechercherai rechercheras recherchera It's /ʁə.ʃɛʁ.ʃə.ʁe/. Cool. Also ...
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How to pronunce “acheter” - Is it “Ach-te” or “Ach-e-te”?

I'm learning french and I have notice that lot's of people say "Ach-te" instead of "Ach-e-te" when it comes to the verb "Acheter". Try to writeQue puis-je acheter and ...
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Quels sont les mots les plus difficiles à prononcer pour les français ?

Il y a des phrases difficiles à prononcer (chaussettes de l'archiduchesse) mais je n'ai pas trouvé de liste de mots français (à part pour les étrangers, ce n'est pas la question) qui le sont. Même les ...
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Pourquoi ne pronononce-t-on pas le 'p' dans les mots baptême, baptiser, baptiste, etc

Selon le dictionnaire de l'AF Dans l'intérieur des mots, entre deux consonnes, il est souvent muet, comme dans Sculpture, Dompteur, Prompt, Temps, Corps. À la fin des mots, il est souvent aussi muet, ...
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The pronunciation of “d” after a nasal vowel in French

Can “d” transform to “n” after nasal vowel? Example: Je viens de Paris (Je viens d’ Paris or je viens n’ Paris) Tant de livres (tant d’ livres or tant n’ livres)
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Advice on how to pronounce properly 'en un', 'en un an', etc

I know that for, e.g. 'en un an' the pronunciation is ɑ̃n‿ɛ̃n‿ɑ̃ with the liaisons between the words and the nasal sounds, but I cannot figure out how to sound closer to a native.
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Pourquoi prononce-t-on différemment le mot “huit” dans certaines régions ?

En français, le mot "huit", lorsqu'il est employé seul, est normalement prononcé [ɥit]. Cependant, j'ai remarqué que dans certaines régions (personnellement, j'ai remarqué ça en région ...
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Pronunciation of “commerce”

I have read in TLFi, Word Reference and in Wiktionary that "commerce" is pronounced /kɔ.mɛʁs/. However, I hear an /o/ instead of an /ɔ/ in the corresponding audios in both WR and Wiktionary ...
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Pronunciation of “cul”

Stupid question may be but I've just realized that "cul" is pronounced [ku]; that is the final l is not pronounced. Is there is a reason for doing so? As far as I know -l is usually ...
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Pronunciation of IEN

The letters IEN are usually pronounced /jɛ̃/ (e.g. chien, musicien, gardien, bientôt, ancien, rien), but sometimes they are pronounced /jɑ̃/ (e.g. science). Is it possible to predict the pronunciation ...
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“Sanginjoll” - Prononciation d'un nom propre

Bonjour, Je voudrais savoir comment les Français prononcent ce nom propre: "Sanginjoll". Est-ce que cela se prononce comme /sɑ̃.ɡɛ̃.ʒɔl/ ou comme /sɑ̃.ʒɛ̃.ʒɔl/? Merci d'avance!
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When and where is “oui” read /wei/?

Oui is usually read: /wi/ On occasion I hear oui read: /wei/ with an extra sound in the middle. Is this common? Where and when will you come across such pronunciation?
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The difference between pronunciations of 8 in “1835” and“ 1928”

I realized that the pronunciation of 8 in (say)1835, when 8 is adjacent to "mille", is different from its pronunciation in (say) 1928, when 8 lies in the first digit: "Mille oui cent ...
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Drilling tools for active mastery?

I am nearly a fluent reader and translator of French and can somewhat understand it spoken (I have a reasonably good passive understanding of French.), but are there drilling tools to improve my ...
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Prononciation : “aidée” contre “aidé”

J'ai consulté un psychothérapeute, qui m'a aidée à... J'ai consulté un psychothérapeute, qui m'a aidé à... Nous avons consulté un psychothérapeute, qui nous a aidés à... Nous avons consulté un ...
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French pronunciation of Greek letters

I am reading technical papers which contain many letters from the Greek alphabet. I'm not sure how to pronounce them and having a hard time looking it up. What is the standard French pronunciation of ...
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“Vous Vous” in Spoken French

Many times when I watch French content with subtitles, I see “vous vous” but only hear “vous”. Even when I slow it down, I don’t hear it. Is the second vous skipped?
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Pronuncation of j'ai besoin, t'as besoin, elle a besoin

Do native French speakers pronounce "j'ai besoin" as two syllables? For example, jeb-soin. If that is the case, would it be safe to assume that the same goes for "tu as besoin" (tab-soin) and "elle ...
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The meaning of “se faire”

What's the meaning of "se faire" or "me faire" ? Il me fait le philosophe. I want to know the meaning of this sentence.
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Informal words for tv set? Informal agreement?

I watch The Simpsons in French and I often hear some informal expression, but I can't figure out how one writes them. What is an informal word for a tv set in French (like telly) ? Homer (main ...
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in the phrase 'nous avons acheté' is the 's' sound in 'avons' pronounced?

in the phrase 'nous avons acheté' is the 's' sound in 'avons' pronounced? Or is the 's' sound in 'avons' silent? I tried using Google Translate pronunciation but I couldn't quite make the sound ...
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Pronunciation of “Module de Young” versus “module d'Young”: Explication and difference

I understand that a native can say Loi d'Hooke or de Hooke depending on the level of mastery of English or/and his or her interpretation of the letter H as muet or aspiré. (In fact I posted a ...
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Do you pronounce the t in ''et un/une'' ? [duplicate]

I learned that the t is pronounced in ''est un/une''. Does the same rule apply to ''et un/une'' ?
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Européen as européin

An excellent student challenged me on « européen » today. I had corrected his final /ɛ̃/ to /ɑ̃/ based on the spelling, but he wanted me to double-check. Sure enough, WordReference claims it's /ɛ̃/! ...
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How do you pronunce “il a fait une erreur”?

I did just hear "il a fait une erreur" and I thought it was pronounced as: Il a fet une erreur But the voice I hear is: Il a finerreur Why does fait become fin in my ears?
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Prononciation de la lettre f-finale dans le mot clef

I don't know if I am missing something rather basic. Why the final f is pronounced in œuf, bœuf, neuf, chef and not in clef ? I guess it has to do with the same pronunciation of clé but still it looks ...
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Good sources for IPA transcription of words

Wiktionary contains many IPA transcriptions, like, say /œf/ in the page for oeuf I am just wondering how reliable that is. Is there a better source? Is there a standard reference? I find that ...

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