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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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 mastery of English or/and his or her interpretation of the letter H as muet or aspiré. (In fact I posted a ...
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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 comprends pas ...
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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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