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Prononcer le s final

Parcours, concours, cursus,... Est-ce qu'il y a des règles qui dictent quand le s final se prononce (p. ex. cursus) ?
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Aren't all schwas sounded like /ø/?

As I have described in the title, I find that the /ə/ sound doesn't exist in Parisian accent. When I asked how to pronounce “Monsieur” to a French native speaker, he tried very hard to correct my IPA ...
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Problem with the pronunciation of sequences of “in”, “a” and “un” vowel sounds

I have come across the following sentence lately: Je mets fin à un conflit. How am I supposed to pronounce ɛ̃ (fin), a (à) and œ̃ (un) after one another? Is there a way to go about it? Should I ...
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Does French have the English "short i" vowel?

I'm wondering about the "short i" vowel that exists commonly in American English in words like "India, tick, lid". Note, this vowel seems a bit unstable in English and gets merged with others in the ...
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Le yod indu en français populaire et autres particularités du français québecois au subjonctif présent du verbe être?

Les verbes qui ont un yod [j] à certaines formes connaissent l'alternance [...] un y quand le [j] est présent, un i sinon. [...] La langue populaire tend à introduire un yod indu à la finale [.....
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How the name "craqueuhhe" is read

Can anybody kindly tell me how this name is read: a craqueuhhe, a kind of necrophageous vampire from France. I know how to read the beginning craqueu- Is the ending pronounced -hhe? Thanks in advance.
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Pronunciation of "œuf" in "deux œufs kinder" and "bœuf "in "deux bœufs bourguignons" as an exception to silent /f/ in the plural

Say you wanted to buy some Kinder eggs in a store and had to ask for them and say : Je vais vous prendre deux œufs kinder. What would you actually say? /døzøkindɛr/ or /døzœfkindɛr/. Likewise, ...
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How is /a/ pronounced before n/m in French?

Collins dictionary says that "panneau" is pronounced [pano] and "art" [aʁ]. However, the [a] in "panneau" does not sound like the [a] in art, but rather more nasal. Am I listening that right? If so, ...
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When there is a /dl/ or /tl/ in the transcription, do you pronounce the /d/ or /t/ sound?

I've watched a video according to which we place our tongue in the back of the upper teeth while pronouncing both /t/, /d/ and /l/ sounds. So while pronouncing /dl/ or /tl/ we only need to position ...
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Pronunciation of “au” in restaurant

I thought that AU in French was always pronounced /o/, but Collins dict (https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/restaurant), Word Reference dict (https://www.wordreference.com/...
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Pronunciation of i at the beginning of a word in French [duplicate]

Is it always/almost always the case the i at the beginning of a word followed by n in French is pronounced like the "nasal I" such as in cinq, and I before m at the beginning of a word pronounced like ...
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Was there a shift in pronunciation?

I've been slowly reading one of Robespierre's reports in French, and I've noticed some spellings that are now unused. For example: on seroit tenté . . . si le destin m'avoit fait naître dans une ...
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Extra vowel before inverted "je"

Somehow I didn't notice the following phenomenon till recently. Normal inversion: Je dors. Dors-je ? New phenomenon for me: Je parle des trois mousquetaires. Parlé-je des trois ...
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Pronunciation of “freiner”

In Quebec French, is the [ɛ] long or short in the word (il) freine? In other words, does this word rhyme with saine [sɛn] or scène [sɛ:n]? (And out of curiosity, how would those few French people who ...
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Pronunciation of E in je, le, ce, ne, que

Is the E in the end of monosyllabic words like je, le, ce, ne and que pronounced [ø] , [œ] or [ə] ? It seems I hear different sounds, depending on the sentence and on the speaker. Examples: le ...
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Is dépêcher a pronunciation exception?

I was taught that ê is pronounced /ɛ/, but the ê in dépêcher seems to be pronounced as /e/. Curiously, the ê in "je me dépêche" clearly sounds as /ɛ/. Is "dépêcher" an exception of that ...
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Why French dicts do not contain the distinct pronunciations of words in Canada and France (as UK and US pronunciations in English dicts)?

English is pronounced differently in each country where it is spoken. The two most popular accents are the ones from UK and US. The most widely taught UK English accent is called Received ...
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Pronunciation of “déjeuner”

Is the pronunciation of "déjeuner" region-dependent? Collins dict says the correct pronunciation is /deʒœne/ Wiktionary says it could be /deʒœne/ or /deʒøne/
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Pourquoi le français parisien a-t-il perdu pour la plupart la distinction entre /e/ et /ɛ/?

Pourquoi le français parisien a-t-il perdu pour la plupart la distinction entre /e/ et /ɛ/? C'est-à-dire la différence entre «Je le ferai» et «Je le ferais», «poignée» et «poignet», ou plus simplement ...
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« Patte » contre « pâte » : qui fait encore la différence ?

La différence de prononciation entre patte (voyelle a antérieure) et pâte (voyelle a postérieure) tend à disparaître, nous dit-on. C'est vrai qu’elle n’est pas très marquée chez beaucoup de locuteurs, ...
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Pronunciation of -ai(s) verbal endings / Prononciation des terminaisons en -ai(s)

When speaking in the first person (je), is there a difference when pronouncing a verb conjugated in the futur and passé simple (-ai) and in the conditional and imparfait (-ais)? For instance, is there ...
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Why is the nasal vowel /ɛ̃/ transcribed as it is if it is closer to [ã]?

I am struggling to pronounce the /ɛ̃/ phonem, used in words such as "matin" and "chien". I initially tried to just make a /ɛ/ and let air come from the nose when I speak, but that does not sound like ...
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Pronunciation versus spelling of "vaudou"

In most other French words I know, the "au" sound makes the "oh" sound, like in "auteur", "beau", and "Autriche". Even "au" (à + le) is pronounced that way! Yet I've heard the word "vaudou" (voodoo, ...
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Dénasalisation du õ

A l'école j'ai appris à dénasaliser la voyelle õ dans le cas de certaines liaisons comme bò-n ami, tò-n oncle, etc. Cependant, on me fait souvent la remarque en me disant que j'ai une prononciation "...
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How are nasal vowels denasalized during liaison?

I already read this Why isn't a nasalised vowel used for "divin" here? answer, but I felt like I needed a more complete answer. I know that some nasal vowel at the end of words are ...
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Pronunciation of nasal vowel after another nasal vowel?

I can't find anything on the rules on how to pronounce two nasal vowels after each other. In the case of Il se trouve dans un internat. How would you prounounce this "dans un internat"? I assume ...
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Pronunciation exercises to learn nasalization

My eleven year old son is learning French in school. Picking up words, phrases, and grammar is easy for him, but he cannot pronounce nasal vowels. He just doesn't know how to create those sounds. ...
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Facteurs dans la prononciation de "but"

C'est en écoutant « Le jour où j'arrêterai l'rap » de Kery James que, dans la séquence qui commence vers 0:44, j'ai entendu pour la première fois la prononciation /byt/ pour but. Eh bien, lorsque j'ai ...
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Simple inversion with “je”

I think that for reasons of sound, the inversion of je, as in aimé-je? prends-je?, etc. is fairly rare and the est-ce que construction is being preferred in speech and writing alike. But I also think ...
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Mes dames, mesdames et leur prononciation

Mon fils m'a dit entendre prononcer le mot « mesdames » (ou en deux mots « mes dames », il n'en est pas sûr) comme mesdam, c'est à dire en prononçant le s (il a entendu cette prononciation ...
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Differentiate between « ils ont » and « ils sont » in oral French

How would I identify if another person is saying / How should I pronounce ils ont or ils sont? For example: Ils sont des rois. (They are the kings) Ils ont des rois. (They have the kings)
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Prononciation de « il faisait »

Comment se fait-il, que dans « il faisait » (le verbe faire à l'imparfait) le premier « ai » ne se prononce pas vraiment « ai » comme dans « il fait », mais plutôt « e » ? On prononce pourtant bien « ...
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Why is "faisait" pronounced /fə.zɛ/? [duplicate]

Considering the fact that just about every pronunciation guide says that "-ai" should be pronounced like "é" and "-ais" or "-ait" should be "è", I find the ə strange. What's the deal here?
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Is there any hidden 'W' sound after 'comment' in : Comment est-elle?

Comment est-il? I don't know why, even tho I know that there is no linking 'W' sound in French as there is in English I still hear it between 'comment' and 'est' as if it were (/kɔ.mɑ̃ w ɛt.i.l/) ...
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Prononciation de voyelles en chantant

Quelles sont les différences de prononciation de voyelles entre langage parlé et chanté ? Par exemple, en allemand, il y a des règles pour la prononciation chantée de diphthongues comme "ei=...
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Prononciation du mot "challenge" [duplicate]

Challenge : (Anglicisme) Défi, épreuve. La prononciation logique, et utilisée, est \ʃa.lɑ̃ʒ\, mais, réemprunté à l’anglais, le mot est depuis le XXe siècle généralement prononcé à l’anglaise. ...
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Liaison between indirect and direct objects

I found this sentence on Wikipedia under the impossible liaison section (with the explanation that liaison is impossible between two complements of a ditransitive verb) donner des cadeaux à Jean /...
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Pronunciation of "créer"

I used to think that pronouncing the verb "créer" like "créyer" was a specificity of West African French, but recently heard it said by a Morrocan and a Normand. What is the most common pronunciation ...
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Liaison de verbes en er

Si je ne me trompe pas, la chanteuse Zaz semble faire la liaison entre l'infinitif d'un verbe en er et la prochaine voyelle. Cela peut s'etendre dans au moins deux chansons : Celle [la solitude] ...
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Pourquoi "problème d'yeux" ?

Pourquoi écrit-on problème d'yeux et pas problème de yeux voire problème des yeux ? Comment prononce-t-on problème d'yeux ?
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Utilisation des accents grave et aigu sur la lettre e

Je voudrais savoir pourquoi dans certains mots on écrit la lettre e avec un accent grave è, bien qu'on prononce le mot avec un accent aigu é. À titre d'exemple je peux citer : très près
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Liaison in french dialects

Are there conservative dialects of french in which the phenomenon of liaison is not present,so that consonants at the end of words are always fully pronounced?
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Y a-t-il une différence de prononciation entre [disemine] et [dissemine] (disséminer/dissémination) ?

Dans un texte où on peut lire les propos navrants d'un libertarien faisant l'apologie du révisionnisme néo-fasciste on peut aussi lire d'autres propos du même acabit au sujet de la « dissémination des ...
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Prononciation du mot « Laguiole »

Bonjour. Le mot « Laguiole » se prononce « layol ». Comment cela se fait-il ? Existe-t-il d'autres exemples de mots dans lesquels la séquence « gu » se prononce comme un Y ? Ajout : La prononciation «...
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What exactly do the French diacritics denote? And can they be implied/expelled?

French scrub here. Can someone explain to me what the French diacritics denote? What do they change about pronunciation, are how consistent are they? And when, if ever, are they allow to be redacted ...
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How to pronounce dates like: "le six avril" and "le trois octobre"

Good old French number pronunciation! Already scratching my head over how to teach my little first-grade students without completely confusing them that "six" is pronounced [sees] when by itself, [...
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Comment prononcer les nombres à virgule ?

Comment se prononce (par exemple) le nombre « 3,5 », ou « 3,25 » ? S'il existe plus d'une prononciation (si l'usage hésite, ou si les prix se prononcent différemment des poids, ou je ne sais quoi), ...
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Affrication des dentales au Québec

Il y a assez généralement au Québec1 affrication des consonnes dentales, T et D, lorsqu’elles sont suivies des sons I ou U : dit /di/, réalisé [d͡zi] du /dy/, réalisé [d͡zy] poutine /putin/, ...
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Should I pronounce 'e' in the ending?

I know that it is kind a like basics, but as I learned, e in the ending is not pronouncing, but I've listened Stromae's song "formidable" where he actually pronounces 'e' on the ending. Which variant ...
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Youppi! Youppie! Youpi!

Le terme existe dans la langue québécoise depuis au moins une cinquantaine d’années, quoique son entrée dans le Robert, sous la forme youpi, soit plus récente (je n’ai pas la date exacte de son entrée,...

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