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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 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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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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How can you tell the difference between “il parle” and “ils parlent”?

As far as I can tell "il parle" and "ils parlent" are pronounced identically. So how can you tell the difference between them? The same goes for "elle/elles"+verb and all other verbs where the third ...
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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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How to textually describe the pronunciation of spanish names with “oi”?

There are many names and family names in Spanish that contain the combination of vowels "oi" (Roilán, Moisés, Loinaz, etc.). When these names are pronounced in French, the original pronunciation is ...
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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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Is an “s” at the end of a pluralized family name pronounced?

If it's a reference to the family, Les Beauxhommes, do you still not pronounce the -s?
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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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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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When to pronounce the letter “e” closed (/e/), and when to pronounce it open (/ɛ/)?

Are there any rules to help one know when to pronounce the letter "e" open and when to pronounce it closed? For instance, could I have known, when seeing the word agression for the first ...
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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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Quelles sont les lettres qu'on ne prononce pas à la fin d'un mot ?

Il est très difficile pour moi de comprendre quelles sont les lettres que je dois prononcer et quelles sont les lettres que je dois ignorer ; pouvez-vous me l'expliquer mieux ? Merci beaucoup d'avance....
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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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What is the rule when pronouncing words that start with G?

I read a lot of French and constantly find myself not knowing how to pronounce words that start with G, e.g.: gérer gants That is, when is it a hard G as in girl, and when is it a soft G (something ...
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How to pronounce “voucher”

Is it pronounced "vouché"? It looks like the word comes from English. Is it pronounced like an English word in France?
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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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Trilled / Rolled “R”s?

I've been listening to a couple CDs that include Edith Piaf. Sometimes she rolls or trills her "R"s like in Spanish. Is this customary, local usage, artistic license or?
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Pronunciation of “parce que” and class implications

I recently listened to a podcast on France Culture's "Hors champ" with Patrick Boucheron, whose pronunciation of "parce que" seems really off. Instead of eliding the "e" in "parce", he actually ...
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How to sing ending silent 'e'?

It is taught that ending 'e' or whole syllable is silent in speech. But I've noticed that some singers kinda reserve a space for it (pause for a rhythm beat) and sometimes give it subtle or half ...
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Why are “an” and “en” pronounced the same? Pourquoi « an » et « en » ont-ils la même prononciation ?

When I was a young boy I was taught that en and an were pronounced the same despite being spelled differently. For instance in pendant mon enfance > /pɑ̃.dɑ̃ mɔ̃n‿ɑ̃.fɑ̃s/ The same applied to ...
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When does one pronounce the 's' in plus?

When a friend of mine asked why so many contractors worked in Dubai, I replied by saying (approximately): À Dubai, on a plus d'argent. Meaning to say that one can earn more money in Dubai. I ...
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“Il l'a fait” vs. “Il la fait”

"Il l'a fait" vs. "Il la fait" The first sentence means, "He has made it." The second means, "He makes it." If you're having a verbal conversation with someone, is there any way to tell which one ...
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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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Pronunciation of “vingt”

I noticed that very often "vingt" is pronounced without the last "t", whereas when someone wants to be precise or make a point, they will pronounce that "t". Is that correct?
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How to pronounce 'mange'?

I'm just at elementary level of French and learning from Duolingo. I came to word which means to eat and spells mange; it should be man as in manga art & ge as in gay according to English ...
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Pronunciation of Bonne journée

I would like to clear up a question I have about the pronunciation of 'j' in the phrase 'bonne journée' in French. Up until recently, I just assumed it was pronounced identically to how 'j' is ...
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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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How to pronounce “l'organisateur de l'événement”?

What is the proper pronunciation of this sentence as an event organizer? This is the example: Je suis Joana l'organisateur de l'événement, quand est la date exacte de l'événement ?
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How do you pronounce the name of the river Saône?

I am thinking it is the same as the river Rhône, with the a effectively not changing anything. Is that correct?
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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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Is there a resource showing conjugation of French verbs together with a pronunciation of all forms of the verb?

I am looking for some resource (book/website/...) that, for any french verb, would show me not only how to conjugate it, but also how to pronounce individual forms of the verb. For a chosen french ...
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French pronunciation of « fête »

I am getting confused on how to pronounce fête. I hear some people say sete and others say fete. Which is the correct way of saying it?
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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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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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Quoi que vs quoique (prononciation)

Je commence à progresser quoique le français soit une langue difficile. Quoi que je fasse il me reste encore trop de fautes dans mes exercices. La prononciation de quoique (conjonction de ...
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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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How to pronounce correctly?

I am trying to learn French with the help of an app called "duolingo". So far, I am doing okay. However, I find it quite difficult to pronounce the French word correctly. It would we very helpful if ...
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Quel est le mot avec le plus de lettres muettes ?

Le français est réputé pour avoir de nombreuses lettres muettes. Il est fréquent qu'une bonne partie des lettres d'un mot ne soient pas prononcées. On peut penser aux "e" muets à la fin d'un mot ("...
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Why the pronunciation of “Monsieur” as “Missieur”?

The French word Monsieur meaning Mister, looks like it should be pronounced MON-sieur, giving effect to the O and N. But I hear it pronounced more like MISS-sieur. Why is that? Is it that I am ...
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Prononciation en français des mots d'origine anglaise

Je voudrais savoir quelle est la règle qui détermine la prononciation en français d'un mot d'origine anglaise (ou bien des mots d'informatique). Par exemple, rugby se prononce en français différemment ...
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When can I drop a mute e between two pronounced consonants?

From what I understand, by watching this video "French consonant clusters: occlusives + / l /" (and I truly recommend her videos for everyone trying to learn French), a mute e is normally ...
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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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Why is “dessin” pronounced like “déssin”?

One of the things that I appreciate as a French learner is that words in French are so easy to pronounce. Unlike in English, where letters can be pronounced many different ways, and you have no way of ...
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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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