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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 mastering of English or/and his or her interpretation of the letter H as muet or aspiré. (in fact I posted ...
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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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What is that “t” in “Quel âge a-t-il/elle ?”

I know that the order of the words has changed to form an interrogative sentence, and I comprehend that a means "has" and il/elle means "he/she", but what is the meaning of -t-, and from where it has ...
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Pronunciation of the anglicism “okay”

In English, "okay" is pronounced /oʊˈkeɪ/ . When I hear a French saying that word, I can't hear neither the final /ɪ/ phonem, nor the /ʊ/ phonem. It seems to me /o'ke/ is said instead. Is that the ...
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Prononciation du nom de famille Raoult

Ces temps-ci, on entend parler du microbiologiste Didier Raoult. Certains journalistes prononcent le l de son nom de famille et d’autres non. Lorsque je parle de Charles de Foucauld, je ne prononce ...
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Should I skip the “d” in “pendant”?

The word "pendant" means "under", e.g "I have study french under 6 years". But when I hear my teacher pronunce it, he will skip the "d". So it will become "pen-an". "Pendant une six semaine..." "...
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Libérez, Délivrez

In the Disney movie "Frozen" (je croix que la version francaise s'appelle "La Reine des neiges"), there is a song with a refrain of "libérée, délivrée". I understand the translation is "liberated, ...
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Pourquoi prononce-t-on « second » comme \sə.ɡɔ̃\ avec la consonne voisée \g\ plutot que la consonne sourde \k\? [duplicate]

wiktionaire - second \sə.ɡɔ̃\ ordinal En effet, j'ai entendu cette prononciation de « c dur » comme \g\ moi-même et pas seulement avec le mot « second ». Je soupçonne c'est un cas de lénition. Y a-t-...
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Is french /s/ apico-dental-alveolar or lamino-dental-alveolar?

In french phonology sources, one may find disagreement over how the french /s/ sound is produced: Some go for resting tip tongue behind lower teeth and the blade touches behind upper teeth, others say ...
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Prononciation du mot « plus » dans la chanson « Ne me quitte pas » de Jacques Brel

Bonjour à tous, je suis un Allemand en train d'apprendre le français. Dans la chanson « Ne me quitte pas » de Jacques Brel il y a quelque chose que je trouve remarquable et que je ne ...
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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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Prononciation du nom de famille “Lebesgue”

French mathematician Henri Léon Lebesgue's surname is pronounced ləbɛɡ. I am wondering why the letter s is silent. There is a similar-with the definite article-sound word (le) bègue but I cannot find ...
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Prononciation: « de » absorbé par le mot précédent

En écoutant des locuteurs natifs, j'ai remarqué récemment que, dans certains groupes nominaux comme « feu de bois », le mot « de » est absorbé par le mot précédent, laissant deux syllabes, comme « ...
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Is there a difference in pronunciation for un, a, à, as and et, es and est?

I'm listening to the storyteller while I'm reading my book in French. I cannot hear any difference between un, a, à and as But is there a difference in pronunciation? I have the same question for et, ...
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How to pronunce “et une” and “j'ai une” - Exceptions?

I was just reading my beginner French book and I have heard these words. "Et une" will be pronunced as "en" where "e" is pronunced as "electricity" in English. The other is "j'ai une" and it sounds ...
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How are defunct spellings pronounced when read aloud?

Older French texts often use defunct spellings, such as -oi instead of -ai in verb conjugations or spellings that contain consonants that were later dropped, like in doubter. When these texts are read ...
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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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Will the -s at the end of “très” be always pronounced?

I have been thinking that if a word beginning with a vowel (a, i, u, e, o) follows right after a word ending in a consonant then this consonant will be pronounced. Example. Je suis une personne. ...
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The 'o' in 'Politique' and 'Science Po'

As a native English speaker, I hear and speak the 'o' in the French 'Sciences Politique' and 'Sciences Po' very differently. I am always a little confused by the abbreviation 'Sciences Po' because I ...
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Difference in pronunciation between -ai and -ais/-ait [duplicate]

I always have the impression that -ai and -ais/-ait are pronounced differently, such that -ai = é while -ais/-ait = è. However, I've recently been told that they make no practical difference, which to ...
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Le français parlé à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon reflète-t-il des nuances ou diffère-t-il du français en France, et similairement aux autres COM ou non ?

Il n'y a pas de langue régionale à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, le français est la seule langue parlée. [...] [...] Le long de la hampe sont reproduits de haut en bas les drapeaux des trois ...
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Differences in pronunciation in dictionaries

Why there are differences in pronunciations descriptions in dictionaries? For example "heureux": Larrouse: [ɶrø] Wordreference: [øʀø] Le Grand Robert: [œʀø] Le Petit Robert: [øʀø] These ...
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How to pronounce 'Il est bel et bon' (Passereau)

My choir is singing a jolly french song: 'Il est bel et bon', by Pierre Passereau. It was published in 1534 in Paris. The words are: Il est bel et bon, commère, mon mary Il estoient deux ...
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IPA spelling of 'possible' in French seems to be in conflict with how its pronounced

French word 'possible' -> [pɔsibl]. The IPA is written this way but all the audio examples I've heard use the regular IPA /o/ rather than /ɔ/. Anyone know why that is? I'm coming from an English ...
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La différence entre “deux ans” et “douze ans”

Lorsque quelqu'un prononce « il y a deux ans », ça ressemble à « il y a douze ans. » Comment distinguer l'un ou l'autre ?
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femme - why pronounced but not spelt as “famme” [duplicate]

I'm learning the French pronunciation rules, and noticed that the word femme doesn't follow common rules (where it should have been pronounced /fem/, not /fam/). I'm aware of a special rule where an E ...
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Veux-tu des « pétacles » avec tes « peutates » pilées ?

Veux-tu des patates (pommes de terre) ? Veux-tu des pétacles/petaques/pataques ? Veux-tu des peutates (pilées) ? Le mot pétacle semble être un québécisme et on nous dit qu'avec pilées, c'est ...
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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 time, that it ...
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Prononciation de l'ancien français

Je cherche des ressources qui donneraient la prononciation des mots d'ancien français, par exemple, sous forme d'IPA. Je sais que l'ancien français a une prononciation relativement phonétique, mais ...
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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 “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 ("/...
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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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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. ...
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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 ...
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«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 ...
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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 ...
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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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« 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 ...
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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 ...
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“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....
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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 ...

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