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Proper Middle French c. 1450 pronunciation for the "Le Roy Engloys" song

So I got really interested in this old French song about kicking out the English called "Le Roy Engloys", but I can't really find a source comprehensive enough so that I can actually sing it ...
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Why is final e sometimes pronounced in the words 'juste', 'presque', and 'quelque'?

Regarding the pronunciation of final 'e' in French words, I have recently been looking at 'juste', 'presque', and 'quelque'. In most cases, it seems that for the isolated word, the final 'e' is not ...
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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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Why is the pronunciation the same for récupéreras and récupéras?

I know French is well known for its illogical spelling with regards to pronunciation but I was puzzled at these two words being the same despite the conjugation being different and the addition of a ...
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Donc voilà pourquoi votre finale est muette ?

Spontanément, je prononce donc [dɔ̃k], c'est-à-dire avec le c final non muet. Je n'arrive pas à trouver un exemple de phrase où le c de donc est clairement muet, en fait. Pourtant les dictionnaires ...
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lip-rounding of definite article? [duplicate]

I am a native Indian speaker and I am having trouble determining the rounded quality of the masculine definite article. Is 'le' (such as in 'le pet') pronounced /lə/ or /lø/? Is it a regional ...
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How to pronounce the letter "E" in French, and how to pronounce its name in the French alphabet song

I am trying to figure out how to pronounce the name of the letter "e" in French for the last year.. like in this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xuZxGirWQI How do they call the letter ...
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Comment dirais-je ?

Quand peut-on employer Comment dirais-je ? Quelle est la correcte prononciation ? Il me semble que j'ai entendu Comment en dirais-je ? Cette variante existe-t-elle ?
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Why is 's' sound at the end of a word sometimes not pronounced when followed by a word that starts with a vowel?

We do not pronounce 's' or 'x' sounds at the end of a word when the word is read on its own. But if it is followed by another word starting with a vowel (or 'h'), we generally pronounce 's' or 'x', i....
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What is the most common pronunciation of "yahoo"?

I pronounce X.Y@yahoo.com as: " X/pwɛ̃/Y arobase /ˈjɑːhuː/ com ". I noticed that many times I am not understood. What is the most common pronunciation of yahoo in French?
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Paris accent with their three nasal vowels

I've noticed that northen French accent, especially in Paris, have 'only three' nasal vowels, which are /æ̃/,/ã/(very much rounded than I thought), and /ɔ̃/. Is this quite correct or am I ...
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« Il va y en avoir » prononcé « il va n'en avoir » ?

Dans une séquence de film on entend un enfant dire : Le château fort qu'on va faire, là, les murs vont être large « comme ça », Il va être plus gros que ma maison, plus haut que les arbres, Il va, il ...
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Prononciation : [i] au lieu de [y]

J'ai entendu plusieurs fois des francophones originaires d'Afrique du nord prononcer le son [i] au lieu du son [y]. Par exemple : Lic (pour Luc), Jési (pour Jésus), isine (pour usine) etc. Comment s'...
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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 ...
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Pronounciation of quel

I'm not sure if I'm pronouncing this right. Does the first syllable of quel sound like "gel" or "kel"? In the alphabet, q makes a koo sound.
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Prononciation du verbe « parker/parquer » en français du Québec ?

Dans une chanson d'un groupe québécois, on trouve les paroles suivantes : [...] C’est si triste que des fois quand je rentre à la maison Pis que j’parke mon vieux camion J’vois toute l’Amérique qui ...
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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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