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How at normal speed, is "on en a un en haut, hein?" pronounced by natives?

On en a un en haut, hein ? is a reasonable and common French sentence. It doesn't surprise French ears at all. There are only mandatory (the first two) or forbidden liaisons here so no variants to ...
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How is /a/ pronounced before n/m in French?

The widespread pronunciation is [pano] with no nasalisation. You might hear [panɔ] in eastern France, but this is unrelated to your question. A non native speaker might hear a slight kind of ...
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Is "em" ever pronounced /ɛ̃/ as en occasionally is?

The characters "em" can be pronounced /ɑ̃/ (temps), /ɛm/ (totem), /əm/ (demi), /em/ (tremolos), /am/ (femme) but not /ɛ̃/.
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Prononciation de « spécimen » : pourquoi pas le son nasal ?

Selon le TLFi: Les finales graph. voyelle + n notent gén. une voyelle nasale à l'exception de -en prononcé [εn] : abdomen, cyclamen, lichen. Cependant, on prononce [ε ̃] dans examen (cf. Fouché ...
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Problem with the pronunciation of sequences of “in”, “a” and “un” vowel sounds

There is usually a very slight pause between fin and à un conflit but all these vowels might be also pronounced in a row. In poetry, hiatus tend to be avoided but in regular prose/speech, French has ...
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Why isn't a nasalised vowel used for "divin" here?

You're right, it's not nasalized in divin enfant though it is in divin maître. Why? The latter is the normal pronunciation, but in the former, the e at the beginning of enfant requires that the n be ...
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Nasal vowel followed by nasal consonant in the same syllable

Rarissimes : les passés simples de venir et tenir : nous tînmes, nous vînmes.
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Prononciation de « spécimen » : pourquoi pas le son nasal ?

Le TLFi indique que le mot est entré dans le dictionnaire de l’Académie en 1835, qui mentionnait alors... On prononce, au singulier et au pluriel, spécimène (en 1935, spécimenne) On mentionne ...
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Prononciation de « in » et « im »

La règle générale est que mm et nn sont prononcés [m]/[n]. Elles n'entraînent la nasalisation de la voyelle précédente que lorsque le M/N est suivi d'une consonne différente ou se trouve en fin de mot....
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Les voyelles nasales avant des consonnes nasales

Il existe au moins 2 autres cas de voyelles explicitement nasales (et non accidentellement, comme dans la prononciation familière de même au Québec ou celle des voyelles nasales en fin de mot dans le ...
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Liaison avec voyelles nasales

1) non 2) oui, oui, ça dépend1, facultative 3) oui (On peut l'appeler h disjonctif car il n'est pas prononcé, donc pas aspiré non plus). 4) non, non 1 Mon bien-aimé : liaison obligatoire, J'ai bien ...
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How is /a/ pronounced before n/m in French?

The two are pronounced the same. The nasal sound might come from the double 'n', but that's beyond my expertise (and the question). Reference : french is my mother tongue.
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Voyelles orales ou nasales

Bon suivi d'un mot commençant par une voyelle est toujours dénasalisé. La première phrase se prononce donc /bɔnanivɛʀsɛʀ/. La deuxième se prononce de manière régulière /ɑ̃negzamɛ̃/. La ...
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Pronunciation of nasal vowel after another nasal vowel?

There is no general rule preventing a nasal vowel from ever coming before another vowel. Sequences of a nasal vowel followed by any other vowel are rare in French, but not impossible. The examples I ...
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About French consonant and vowel pronunciation

(1) Correct: No French consonants are normally aspirated. In English, not only [t] and [k] are aspirated, but also [p]. This is the natural class of voiceless stops. They are usually aspirated at the ...
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Why isn't a nasalised vowel used for "divin" here?

The denasalization before a word starting with a vowel like with Divin enfant only affects a limited set of adjectives, mostly ending with /ɛ̃/ although there is one in /ɔ̃/ and is often optional. ...
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Does air escape through the mouth for nasal vowels?

The essential thing with nasal vowels is that the access from mouth cavity to nasal cavity is open. This gives the effect of nasality. The question how much air goes through the nasal passage and the ...
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Prononciation de an, en, ain et in

pour les Méridionaux, dont je fais partie, natif de Nice, une phrase telle que : "je mange du pain sous un pin" exige 3 sons très sensiblement différents et même 4 si je comptabilise la prononciation ...
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How is /a/ pronounced before n/m in French?

Petite vidéo avec les deux prononciations. https://youtu.be/OBMHxUHlcpU
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Pourquoi certains « e » se prononcent-ils « a » ?

Le groupe EMM dans 'femme' se prononçait anciennement comme dans 'emmagasiner', et de même le ENN de 'solennel' se prononçait jadis comme dans 'enneigé'. Il en était de même des groupe ANN dans 'canne'...
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Pronouncing ɛ̃: are there variants?

There definitely are variants in the pronunciation of that sound. It depends on things like the age of the speaker and where they come from. I don't hear that much difference between the two examples ...
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What is the difference in pronunciation of "quand" and "con"?

These words don't mean the same thing at all. In pronunciation, quand [kɑ̃] et con [kɔ̃] Some examples : J'ai 20 ans = I am 20. ("Ans" has the same pronunciation of an in quand) Il faut qu'on aille ...
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What is the difference in pronunciation of "quand" and "con"?

Yes, quand and con (also qu'on) are pronounced with distincts (at least for native ears) nasalisations, \ɑ̃\ for the former and \ɔ̃\ for the latter. Ref: wikipedia
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What is the difference in pronunciation of "quand" and "con"?

The "an" in "quand" is nasal and open. The "on" in "con" is more palatal and close.
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Pronunciation exercises to learn nasalization

Speaking an /o/, slowly let your head (not your neck!) sink to your chest. Speaking an /a/, /oe/, or /ε/, slowly tip your head back. Nasalization will happen automatically. Feel what happens in your ...
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Pronunciation exercises to learn nasalization

A couple of ideas: (1) You can exploit the nasals in English to cover much of the ground. In English, vowels are nasalized before a nasal consonant in the same syllable. (The effect is not as a ...
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Is "em" ever pronounced /ɛ̃/ as en occasionally is?

You got a good answer from jlliagre, who did a great job at tracking the various pronunciations of ‘em’ in French. I only want to mention a regional (Quebec) way of pronouncing certain words that ...
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How are nasal vowels denasalized during liaison?

As far as I know, words ending with -un do not denasalize when they participate in a liaison, which is rare. The liaison is mandatory with un, aucun, commun Un avion \ɛ̃n‿avjɔ̃\ or in a wide Paris ...
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