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Au sens de l'orthographe : les lettres a, e, i, o, u, y. Au sens de la phonétique : les sons i, y, e, ɛ, ø, œ, a, u, o, ɔ, ɑ, ɔ̃, ɑ̃, ɛ̃, œ̃.

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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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Why is “dessin” pronounced like “déssin”?

One of the things that I appreciate as a French learner is that words in French are so easy to pronounce. Unlike in English, where letters can be pronounced many different ways, and you have no way of ...
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French and English pronunciation of [ε]

[ε] in the French language sounds like a double vowel, close to the English [ei], how should I pronounce it correctly? Besides, a French [ε] sound sounds obviously different from an English [ε]. Can ...
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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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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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Are “tué” and “tu” and “tout” pronounced the same?

I'm pretty confused by how to make someone understand I am trying to say tué, tu or tout. Examples: J'ai tué mon ami. (I killed my friend.) Tu es mon ami. (You are my friend.) J'ai tout, mon ...
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Mots pour la prononciation des voyelles

Dans plusieurs langages, la différence entre voyelles de type é et è est donnée par les mots correspondants à ouvert et fermé. J'ai remarqué que les Français que j'ai rencontrés ne connaissent pas de ...
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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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Why does French have so many vowels? [duplicate]

I am interested in historical phonetic development process which resulted in French having so many vowels in comparison to other Romance languages, and even more than Latin, which I believe had only 6 ...
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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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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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Differences in vowel charts

I'm a beginner. My challenge is identifying and distinguishing the vowels in the first place, not academically analyzing them. I went to print off a vowel chart for reference, and I found some ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Voyelles orales ou nasales

La transcription de la phrase bon anniversaire est-elle /bɔ̃nanivɛʀsɛʀ/ ou /bɔnanivɛʀsɛʀ/ ? La transcription de en examen est-elle /ɑ̃negzamɛ̃/ ou /anegzamɛ̃/ ?
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Pourquoi les anglophones remplacent-ils le phonème /ɛ/ par /e/ si souvent?

Beaucoup d'apprenants anglophones remplacent le phonème /e/ par la diphtongue anglaise /eɪ/. C'est évidemment parce que le phonème n'existe pas en anglais isolément. Cependant, je ne comprends pas ...
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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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Why isn't “tu es” written “t'es”?

I know that when a word ends with a vowel and the next word starts with a vowel, then we would replace the first character by a ' character. For example: je ai → j'ai Why is then "tu es" written ...
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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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Searching for French noun with very specific criteria [closed]

I am writing a book of humor and I would be happy to send a free copy to the person who sends the best response. I am looking for a French feminine noun that has one acute accent. The word cannot ...
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“Quelle école”: is there two vowels in a row and how to pronounce them?

Today my teacher said that you are able to say "quelle école". I don't understand how this is done because there are two vowels in a row. When I asked her, she wasn't able to explain the details. ...
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Prononciation de « fête » au Québec : diphtongaison ou allongement de voyelle ?

Au Québec on prononce le mot fête plutôt différemment de (vous) faites. Dans l'article Wikipédia au sujet du français québécois, on indique : Les voyelles longues (marquées /ː/) sont diphtonguées ...
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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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Pourquoi certains « e » se prononcent-ils « a » ?

Femme, évidemment, solennellement, fréquemment, différemment, et il y en a sûrement de nombreux autres. Y a-t-il une raison derrière ces e prononcés a, et qui doivent rendre fou les personnes ...
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Le son [a] aujourd'hui

Femme, flamme, poêle, âme. Le son [a] est-il le même dans ces mots à nos jours ou existe-t-il encore la différence entre a postérieur et a antérieur ? Les écoliers en appennent-ils à l'école primaire ...
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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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Explication de la prononciation de « atome »

Pourquoi le « o » de « atome » se prononce-t-il comme dans « icône » alors que celui-ci ne porte pas d'accent circonflexe ?
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Does air escape through the mouth for nasal vowels?

The definition of a nasal vowel is A nasal vowel is a vowel that is produced with a lowering of the velum so that air escapes both through nose as well as the mouth. For French nasal sounds, how ...
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Variations sur l'utilisation de [e] et [ɛ]

On a remarqué la richesse en voyelles du français. Mais il est bien connu que certains accents perdent certaines des différences. Je ne fais pas la différence entre [ɑ] et [a]. D'autres m'agacent en ...
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Prononciation de « in » et « im »

Est-ce qu'il y a une règle pour savoir s'il faut prononcer /ɛ̃/ ou /in/ ? J'ai l'impression que si le n est suivi d'une voyelle, c'est /in/, est-ce que c'est aussi simple que ça ?
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What is the difference in pronunciation of “quand” and “con”?

I know that there is a liaison between the final "d" in "quand" and a following vowel, but is there a difference for each word in isolation?
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Is the pronunciation of “tu” “toosh?”

I thought "tu" was pronounced like English "to," but in this link, it's pronounced like "toosh." Does the audio sound like recorded by a native speaker of French? Which is correct and natural? In ...
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Words ending on i/u, spoken with (IPA) [ɪç] – is there a system?

I noticed that sometimes words ending on i or u are spoken with an additional breathing sound, comparable to the german 'ch' in diminutives. I.e. (presumed IPA notation) /o.si/ -> [o.sɪç] /i.si/ ...
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Pronouncing ɛ̃: are there variants?

I'm confused by ɛ̃, as in pain, vin, cinq, etc. Often, and that's what I'm taught, you are told to pronounce it as the a in "and". cinq (first pronunciation) However, sometimes it is pronounced ...
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Prononciation de « u » proche de « ou »

J'ai toujours pensé que « u » est prononcé /y/ (dans l'alphabet phonétique international — le même son que la lettre allemande ü). Mais j'écoute une radio française et certains gens y prononcent « u » ...
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Prononciation of “en”, “an”, “in”, “un” and “ain” [duplicate]

I'm a totally beginner in French. For some reason I can't figure out the pronunciation rules. Especially for the vowels. It's almost as confusing as Korean language :( To me "en" and "an" sound the ...
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Phonologie vs phonétique : /ʁɔz/ vs [ʁoz]

Wikipédia indique ici que le mot « rose » est noté phonologiquement /ʁɔz/. Le Wiktionnaire semble en désaccord ici. Est-ce une erreur de Wikipédia ? Sinon, pouvez-vous expliquer pourquoi la ...
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Prononciation : « air » vs « aire »

Dans un commentaire d'Air Canada dans cette vidéo: Ces gestes vont clairement à l'encontre de nos procédures lorsque des bagages sont enregistrés à la porte embarquement: ces procédures stipulent ...
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How do you know when the /ə/ drops and when it doesn't?

According to my textbook (my teacher isn't clear in her elaboration of my question), 'the /ə/ never drops out if that would result in three or more consonant sounds together. You would see this in ...
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The pronunciation of French “e”

Does this table for French “e” pronunciation look OK to you? Please definitely point out any errors! The same contents as of this table are also found at the end of this question on this page. ...
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Prononcer le « e » dans « cet » — Pronouncing the “e” in “cet”

Quand on utilise l'adjectif démonstratif cet (par exemple: cet homme, cet appareil), comment doit-on prononcer le voyelle e dans cet ? Comme l'e dans ce, ou comme le premier e dans cette ? When we ...
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Prononciation de an, en, ain et in

Est-ce que il y a des distinctions entre ces différentes nasales ? an en ain in Est-ce-que il y a des différences entre la règle et la pratique courante ? J'entends demain être prononcé par ...
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How are the nasalized vowel sounds in “enfant” pronounced?

I just started learning French, and I came across the word enfant. The question I have concerns this word's pronunciation. I looked in the dictionary, and it said /ɑ̃fɑ̃/, which is supposed to sound ...
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Vowels at the end of words, that are not in the transcripts

To me it sounds like many words are pronounced with a vowel at the end, contrary to the transcription. Let's take, as an example, the word siècle; listen to its pronunciation at Collins Dictionary. ...