15 votes

Does French have the English "short i" vowel?

No, standard French does not have the vowel /ɪ/ (near-close front unrounded vowel), which is the English “short i”. The vowel which is normally written with the letter I in French is a close front ...
Gilles 'SO nous est hostile''s user avatar
14 votes
Accepted

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 ...
jlliagre's user avatar
  • 147k
14 votes

Aren't all schwas sounded like /ø/?

Depending on the dialect of the speaker, schwa might be realised as [əʷ], [œ] or [ø]. Whatever this realisation might be, it's still its own phoneme, since it has a very different behaviour from /ø/: ...
Eau qui dort's user avatar
  • 9,734
14 votes

Is there a difference in pronunciation for un, a, à, as and et, es and est?

Note: It is difficult to avoid using IPA to describe pronunciation. English vowels are absolutely not equivalent to French ones, so comparisons in dictionaries (e.g. "like the a in angel") are often ...
Maroon's user avatar
  • 2,117
12 votes

Does French have the English "short i" vowel?

The French generally spoken in France does not have [ɪ] either phonemically or phonetically, and to my knowledge no variety of French would use it for the first vowel in « s'il vous plait » (though ...
Luke Sawczak's user avatar
  • 19.3k
10 votes
Accepted

Aren't all schwas sounded like /ø/?

It depends on your reference point... What exactly does /məsjø/ mean to you? If you mean that you were trying to use a sound like the one in the last syllable of the English word "comma", or in the ...
sumelic's user avatar
  • 2,823
7 votes
Accepted

Prononciation de « fête » au Québec : diphtongaison ou allongement de voyelle ?

Oui, il s'agit absolument de prononciations différentes. On dit parfois que les prononciations diphtonguées telles que [fajt] sont plutôt caractéristiques de la parole en situation informelle ou de ...
Dave's user avatar
  • 86
7 votes

Why is "dessin" pronounced like "déssin"?

Yes silph, there is a rule: when the "e" is followed by a pair of consonants, you say "é" like in "dessin, pression" or "è" like in "belle, bretelle, parisienne, guerre"... Well, because it's french :...
Valentin's user avatar
  • 174
6 votes

French and English pronunciation of [ε]

[ɛ] is not a diphthong (what you call a "double vowel") it is a mid-open front vowel. On the wiktionary you can listen to the word tête and have the IPA phonetic transcription besides. Moreover for ...
None's user avatar
  • 61.3k
6 votes
Accepted

Is "e" always pronounced like /e/ before ss?

Either /e/ or /ɛ/ but very rarely /ə/ indeed. This is true for every E located before any double consonant. Despite the accented pronunciation, there is never an actual acute, grave or circumflex ...
jlliagre's user avatar
  • 147k
5 votes
Accepted

Prononciation différente des « u » de « club » et « rugby »

Les deux mots ont en fait été emprunté initialement avec un /y/ au XIXe siècle, le TLFi citant même une prononciation avec un /ɔ/ ouvert pour club en 1841. C'est l'époque des chelins pour les ...
Eau qui dort's user avatar
  • 9,734
5 votes

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....
Gilles 'SO nous est hostile''s user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Pronunciation of “au” in restaurant

One cannot say that the AU digraph (or the EAU trigraph ) is always pronounced /o/ in French. /o/ is only the most common pronunciation. AU/EAU is indeed almost always pronounced /o/ when standing ...
None's user avatar
  • 61.3k
5 votes

Difference in pronunciation of /ø/, /ə/, and /œ/

Like many native French speakers, I pronounce the vowels of ceux, sœur and ce differently. /ø/ is more closed than /œ/ which is more closed than /ə/. My prononciation mostly follows the phonetic ...
Gilles 'SO nous est hostile''s user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

Pronunciation of E in je, le, ce, ne, que

/ə/ is the pronunciation given by TLFi, so in theory it should be used. However, in practice, this may change to /ø/ or /œ/ depending on the speaker and the context in which the schwa appears. This is ...
Maroon's user avatar
  • 2,117
4 votes

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.
ThePainfull's user avatar
4 votes

La différence entre "deux ans" et "douze ans"

Il n'y a pas d'autre méthode que l'entraînement à l'écoute du français. Nous distinguons en général facilement les voyelles eu et ou, mais une oreille habituée à d'autres phonèmes pourra avoir des ...
jlliagre's user avatar
  • 147k
4 votes
Accepted

Difference in pronunciation of /ø/, /ə/, and /œ/

Like many native French speakers, I pronounce the vowels of le, peu and veux identically. The difference is that the former is caduc (might be skipped depending on the context) while the other ones ...
jlliagre's user avatar
  • 147k
4 votes
Accepted

Prononciation de "fais" et de "faisons"

C'est une anomalie spécifique au verbe faire et ses dérivés (contrefaire, parfaire, refaire, satisfaire, surfaire), mais qui a contaminé par homophonie faisan qui se prononce comme faisant. Le ai du ...
jlliagre's user avatar
  • 147k
3 votes
Accepted

Pronunciation of u

I always use the lower case /y/ but it looks like phonologists do not agree about how to represent this vowel. See the articles discussing [ʏ] on French Wikipedia versus English Wikipedia. The ...
jlliagre's user avatar
  • 147k
3 votes
Accepted

Why is "dessin" pronounced like "déssin"?

The rule is that "e" is pronounced "é" or "è" when in the middle of a syllable, and "e" (like in "de") when at the end of a syllable. Syllables always split double letters, so we have "des-sin", and ...
Quentin Ruyant's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

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 ...
jlliagre's user avatar
  • 147k
3 votes
Accepted

Explication de la prononciation de « atome »

D'après le TLFi: Forme phon. : [ato:m]. Le phonème o est fermé et long ,,dans la plupart des mots où il est suivi d'un seul m (...), qu'on l'écrive ou non avec un accent circonflexe`` (Grammont ...
jlliagre's user avatar
  • 147k
3 votes

How is /a/ pronounced before n/m in French?

Petite vidéo avec les deux prononciations. https://youtu.be/OBMHxUHlcpU
Gwen Brd's user avatar
  • 127
3 votes
Accepted

Pronunciation of "commerce"

In French, the pronunciation between /o/ and /ɔ/ is quite close. In the case of "commerce", it is effectively a /o/; the o is pronounced like "eau" (water) and not as "porte&...
Armand's user avatar
  • 46
3 votes

Difference in pronunciation of /ø/, /ə/, and /œ/

Like many native French speakers : I pronounce the vowels of le and peu differently. Google translate clearly makes the difference : https://translate.google.com/?sl=fr&tl=en&text=je%20veux%...
XouDo's user avatar
  • 2,591
2 votes

Variations sur l'utilisation de [e] et [ɛ]

Est-ce qu'il y a réellement des dialectes qui ne font pas la différence ? Que prononcent ces locuteurs ? [e], [ɛ] ou un son intermédiaire que mon oreille interpréterait comme celui qu'elle attend ? À ...
Philippe's user avatar
  • 411
2 votes

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.
Jeanmichel Cote's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible