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Six janvier, dix mars, etc

When the numbers six, dix, etc. quantify a noun, such as in six minutes, dix bananes, the final s sound disappears. What about when these numbers indicate dates of a month, such as in six janvier, ...
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Lack of phonetic transcriptions in French & Audio Dictionaries with Pronunciations

When I was learning English, every dictionary that I ever came across with, had a phonetic transcription, so I could easily understand how the word is pronounced. For example, phonetic transcription ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Les formes « je vas » et « je vais »

Quand est-ce que la forme « je vais » a remplacé « je vas », (1) dans le bon usage; (2) dans l'usage populaire en Europe? Pour quelle raison écrit-on vais alors qu'on prononce le mot avec un e fermé?
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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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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 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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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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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 “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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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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When are consonants pronounced at the end of a word?

Are there any consistent rules for when a consonant is pronounced at the end of a word in French? I have seen the mnemonic CAREFUL, with the general rule that all word terminal consonants are silent ...
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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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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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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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What is the correct way to pronounce 'poutine'?

In Canada, there's a dish spelt 'poutine', which consists of fries, gravy, and cheese curds. However, I have come across two conflicting accounts of how to pronounce the word online, and I would like ...
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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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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 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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Raison pour laquelle « é » s'appelle « e accent aigu » et pas « e accent grave »

C'est quelque chose qui m'a toujours gêné : on appelle é « e accent aigu » mais c'est en fait une lettre qu'on prononce de façon grave et inversement pour è, ou en tout cas c'est l'impression que j'en ...
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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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Pronunciation of “ille”?

This one's been messing me up for years, I keep meaning to ask about it. In some words, like ville, the L's are pronounced as L's. In others, like bille or fille, they're closer to a soft Y, or ...
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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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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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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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Prononciation de « immangeable »

Je voudrais comprendre pourquoi est-ce qu'on prononce le mot immangeable comme [ɛ̃mɑ̃ʒabl]. Je pensais qu'il fallait dire [imɑ̃ʒabl] parce qu'on prononce des mots comme immense, immobile, immature, ...
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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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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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Pronunciation of u

All books and dictionaries (notably Wiktionary) that transcribe french pronunciation by means of IPA transcribe the pronunciation of “u” as /y/. But the transcription uses /.../ as opposed to [...]. ...
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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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Pronunciation of 'r' at the end of a word

I have been told in the past that you never pronounce the 'r' at the end of a word in French (where 'r' is the last letter and preceded by an 'e'). This holds true for words such as: manger, ...
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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?

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