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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Do native French speakers view "th" as a digraph?

French, like English has a few digraphs, e.g. "ph" /f/ in both French and English, and "ch", /ʃ/ in French, /tʃ/ in English. In words such as: thermomètre mathématique is "...
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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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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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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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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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What is the rule of concatenating words on a series of words that start/end with vowel?

In French, I learned that you must concatenate mulitple words if both the end of the first word and the start of the second word are vowel. For example: J'aime les lègumes. # not Je aime But what ...
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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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La lettre H dans les mots d'origine anglaise (e.g. noms propres commençant par H)

Comment faut-il prononcer des noms propres anglais qui commencent par la lettre H ? Par exemple La loi de Hooke ou d'Hooke. Le prononce-t-on avec un h aspiré ou un h muet ?
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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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Question on the deletion of schwa

I'm reading The Pronunciation of Canadian French by Douglas C. Walker and I need help understanding this part: It is commonplace to observe that in SF the final syllable of the word is stressed, ...
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Liaison in "tournez à droite/à gauche"

I set Waze (the driving directions program) to give me driving instructions in French, just on a whim to hear more French - I'm an advanced beginner level student. And what I can't help noticing ...
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Prononciation de « spécimen » : pourquoi pas le son nasal ?

Pourquoi le mot spécimen se prononce [spesimɛn] et pas [spesimɛ̃] ? Je me demande pourquoi le son nasal [ɛ̃] disparaît. Par exemple « paysan » , « européen », etc., gardent le son nasal et le ...
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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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Prononciation de docteure ?

Selon Wiki (...) Il est à noter que c’est (c-à-d docteure) un néologisme qui ne change pas la prononciation (sauf dans le sud de la France) mais seulement l’orthographe. Comment alors docteure ...
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Prononciation différente des « u » de « club » et « rugby »

Je me demande pourquoi le u de ces deux mots ne se prononce pas identiquement. Plus précisément, pourquoi rugby est francisé tandis que club se prononce presque comme en anglais.
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Accent aigu sur le « e » de « demain »

Voici les règles de placement d'accent aigu, selon la Nouvelle Grammaire du Français, de Delatour et al. La syllabe de du mot demain n'est pas suivie d'un double consonne ou d'un -x et n'est pas ...
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Prononciation de « dix minutes »

Selon les grammaires du français que je possède il faut dire Dix /di/ minutes où le x (habituellement /s/) ne se prononce pas. Néanmoins, j'ai entendu pas mal de personnes prononçant « dix /dis/ ...
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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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A way to know if the word contain a "e muet" without relying on the prononciation

As a deaf person and native french speaker, I'd like to know if there's a way to know if a word contain a "e muet" without relying on the pronunciation. In order to able to place the accent based on ...
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Which is correct to pronounce merlot: me-lo or merk-lo?

Because when I listen here, it sound like "merk-lo", like "mer" which is mɛ+ʀ. But my friend said it is me-lo.
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« Ouistiti » : élision et liaison : pourquoi pas ?

Selon un livre de grammaire que je possède, on ne fait ni élision ni liaison avec le mot « ouistiti » bien qu'il commence par une voyelle. Pourquoi ? Existe-t-il d'autres mots qui commencent par une ...
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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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Dictionnaire français vers français avec IPA

Je cherche un dictionnaire dont les lemmes comportent l'IPA. Par exemple, pour monde, on y trouverait : "monde" mɔ̃d 1 (= planète) le meilleur du monde Pourriez-vous m'en recommander un ?
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Prononciation de « pour quoi »

Tu es venu pour quoi faire ? Est-ce qu'on prononce « pour quoi » comme « pourquoi » ?
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Comment savoir utiliser H muet ou H aspiré dans les noms de gens ?

Aujourd'hui j'ai cherché si le nom "Harry" utilise un H muet ou un H aspiré. Heureusement j'ai trouvé "d'Harry Potter" et "Mariage d'Harry et Meghan" enligne qui m'a ...
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Is "qu'eux" pronounced as one syllable?

I was reading a book out loud and thought it sounded odd to pronounce as one syllable. Are you supposed to break it into two? It sounded ambiguous, as though homophonic to other words like queue.
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How were regular -er verbs pronounced in the infinitive before the final R became silent?

Simple words like parler, aller, monter...how were they pronounced before the final R became silent? And when did the ending become silent, anyway?
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Does "appe-" as part of the imparfait forms of "appeler" give me one or two syllables?

According to Wiktionary's conjugation table (below captured in portions), it would appear that appe- in the imparfait forms is one syllable (/a.p/, or strictly speaking one syllable and the consonant ...
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