Episode #125 of the Stack Overflow podcast is here. We talk Tilde Club and mechanical keyboards. Listen now

Questions tagged [prononciation]

La prononciation d'un mot est la façon de le dire oralement.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
0answers
15 views

The “ci” in “comme ci comme ça” [duplicate]

Why is the ci written with a regular c in comme ci comme ça, instead of a c cédille, but pronounced as if it was written with a c cédille? Thank you.
1
vote
1answer
65 views

Pronunciation of “oi” in French lyric diction

Where can I find a reminder of the rules for pronouncing "oi" in French lyric diction? I need to sing the word "voix", so I looked it up on Wiktionary, which unhelpfully gives both pronunciations ("/...
0
votes
1answer
44 views

Pronunciation of “faisons” in French lyric diction

In French lyric diction (poetry and art song), is the first vowel in "faisons" /œ/, as it is in everyday pronunciation?
-1
votes
1answer
138 views

Any tips for learning french? [closed]

I am learning french via duolingo and was simply wondering if there are any tips or tricks to learn the language better for I’ve been having trouble remembering different possessives and other similar ...
4
votes
2answers
383 views

How to pronounce correctly [b] and [p]? As well [t]/[d] and [k]/[g]

Due to my first language being an Asian one, I had lots of difficulties with the prononciation of French words (which is the cause of much joking) such as "but", "pute", "cadeau", "gateau", etc. ...
6
votes
3answers
326 views

Pronunciation of the letter sequence vowel + ill + a in the name “Guillard”

According to various online sources (1, 2), in the letter sequence vowel + ill the ll should be pronounced as the English "y", or [j] in the IPA. This rule seems to apply in general, e.g. in the word "...
1
vote
2answers
66 views

pronunciation of “excuser”

The Word Reference dictionary and Wiktionary say that the correct pronunciation of the verb "excuser" is [ɛkskyze] with a open E at the beginning (as in hiEr), but I hear a closed E (/e/) in the ...
2
votes
1answer
320 views

Dans les phrases « en plein hiver » et « en plein air »

Selon quelle règle l'adjectif masculin « plein » doit-il se prononcer comme s'il était l'adjectif féminin « pleine {plɛn} » ? C'est à croire que j'entends plutôt dire « en pleine hiver » et «...
5
votes
2answers
79 views

«L’Est-e du Québec», «un film-e d’horreur»: des E euphoniques?

Si je désire parler de l’Est du Québec, avec mon accent québécois qui affrique les du, je prononce : lèss-dzu-kébèk Je remarque que le T final du terme Est disparaît, même si je le conserve ...
2
votes
1answer
103 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
72 views

Évolution de la prononciation du nom du Christ au sacre québécois « criss(e) »

Le sacre québécois criss(e) vient du nom du Christ. Mais le sacre a perdu le son /t/ que les francophones de France prononcent quand ils disent le nom de la personne [kʁist].1 Les Québécois ...
2
votes
3answers
73 views

Comment dit-on « hum hum, ça va » ?

J'ai lu la phrase « hum hum, ça va » (comme réponse à « Comment vous trouvez ma cuisine ? ») dans mon livre de français. Comment on la dit ? Sur wikitionnaire, « hum » se prononce [œm] ou [ɔm] (comme ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

« Code golf », l'emprunt intégral : précisions sur l'emploi ?

Le « code golf » est une forme de compétition de « programmation récréative durant laquelle chaque participant s'efforce d'implémenter un algorithme donné en produisant un programme le plus court ...
12
votes
2answers
314 views

Faut-il faire les liaisons avec les noms de lettres ?

Entendu en cours de maths Soit une application f de ℝ dans X [...] /dɑ̃ziks/ Ça m'a écorché les oreilles, mais ça paraît logique, puisque X c'est [iks]. D'autant plus qu'on dit couramment y ...
2
votes
3answers
239 views

Accent aigu sur le « e » de « demain »

Voici les règles de placement d'accent aigu, selon la Nouvelle Grammaire du Français, de Delatour et al. La syllabe de du mot demain n'est pas suivie d'un double consonne ou d'un -x et n'est pas ...
6
votes
1answer
91 views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
312 views

Mots pour la prononciation des voyelles

Dans plusieurs langages, la différence entre voyelles de type é et è est donnée par les mots correspondants à ouvert et fermé. J'ai remarqué que les Français que j'ai rencontrés ne connaissent pas de ...
0
votes
0answers
40 views

“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....
11
votes
2answers
409 views

Comment savoir utiliser H muet ou H aspiré dans les noms de gens ?

Aujourd'hui j'ai cherché si le nom "Harry" utilise un H muet ou un H aspiré. Heureusement j'ai trouvé "d'Harry Potter" et "Mariage d'Harry et Meghan" enligne qui m'a donné le bon réponse. Comment ...
0
votes
2answers
113 views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

Prononciation du “d” final dans le mot quand

J'entends de plus en plus, dans les discours de politiciens français notamment, qu'ils prononcent toujours le d final du mot quand, alors que selon les règles phonétiques, il ne se prononce que quand ...
10
votes
5answers
2k views

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. ...
8
votes
5answers
622 views

Are there different pronunciations for ‘Merci’ ?

I know merci is thank you but I have definitely heard some French people say (phonetically) mercish (i.e with a shesh on the end of merci). I have asked people about this and they seem to deny it! Is ...
2
votes
1answer
179 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
94 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

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? ...
-1
votes
3answers
275 views

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 ...
19
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
58 views

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/ ,...
4
votes
5answers
5k views

Prononciation de la liaison après « grand »

J'ai remarqué que plusieurs des personnes que je connais ainsi que moi prononceraient cette phrase : C'est un grand homme. (Grand comme grandiose) Comme ceci (je prononce un t lié entre grand et ...
1
vote
1answer
122 views

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,...
3
votes
1answer
130 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
197 views

« Lorsqu'il » et « lorsque Ilona » (prononciation et écriture)

Lorsqu'il vs lorsque Ilona Lorsqu'elle vs lorsque Hélène Lorsqu'on vs lorsque Ondine Lorsqu'une vs lorsque Ugo Lorsqu'en vs lorsque Antoine etc. Je sais que cette conjonction ...
2
votes
3answers
374 views

Prononcer le s final

Parcours, concours, cursus,... Est-ce qu'il y a des règles qui dictent quand le s final se prononce (p. ex. cursus) ?
8
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
366 views

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 ...
9
votes
6answers
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
107 views

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 [.....
3
votes
1answer
78 views

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/ ...
5
votes
2answers
508 views

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.
3
votes
2answers
324 views

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, ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

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, ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
163 views

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/...
0
votes
1answer
77 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
261 views

Was there a shift in pronunciation?

I've been slowly reading one of Robespierre's reports in French, and I've noticed some spellings that are now unused. For example: on seroit tenté . . . si le destin m'avoit fait naître dans ...
8
votes
3answers
381 views

Extra vowel before inverted “je”

Somehow I didn't notice the following phenomenon till recently. Normal inversion: Je dors. Dors-je ? New phenomenon for me: Je parle des trois mousquetaires. Parlé-je des trois ...
5
votes
3answers
302 views

Pronunciation of “freiner”

In Quebec French, is the [ɛ] long or short in the word (il) freine? In other words, does this word rhyme with saine [sɛn] or scène [sɛ:n]? (And out of curiosity, how would those few French people who ...
4
votes
1answer
165 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
137 views

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 ...