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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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Comment prononcer le son « r » plus doucement?

Beaucoup de gens ont des difficultés à prononcer le son « r » mais pour moi, c'est un peu le contraire. Je le prononce à tel point que ça me fait du mal (un peu) - je pensais que c'était normal jusqu'...
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Is there liaison with non?

Does the word non require a liaison? I am thinking of an expression like non à faire. Also if there is a liaison, does the vowel become denasalized?
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Pourquoi 'bacon' se prononce-t-il comme en anglais ?

Pourquoi bacon se prononce-t-il comme en anglais ? Est-ce un simple cas comme celui de biftek où un mot français à l'origine s'est transformé à travers l'emprunt à l'anglais ? (C'est ce que dit ...
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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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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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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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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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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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