- "veux" = want
- "vois" = see
Concerning the sound, here are a few examples, I'm putting the letters responsible for the sound in capitals.
- "veux" sounds like "peu" and the end of "vieux" and "mieux"
- "vEUx" sounds like "pEU" and the end of "viEUx" and "miEUx"
- "vois" sounds like "moi" "toi" and "quoi"
- "vOIs" sounds like "mOI" "tOI" and "quOI"
Those two sounds are very different, I don't think you should have much trouble recognizing them after a few lessons.
Here are the pronunciations from native speakers:
Don't forget that the "x" is not pronounced at the end of a word in French.
Yes you are mistaken. I listened to the sentence, and the voice says "veux" correctly.
Maybe you made the mistake, as you said, because of the sound "un" which comes right after it.
You'll see when you get used to the other sound "OI", it's different than what you can hear in this sentence, even with the "un" sound.
If you're having trouble with these, you should at first use the slow audio, then you'll switch back to normal when you'll get more comfortable.
You can't know for sure, you'll have to memorize it, so it's a good habit to memorize the gender the same time as you memorize the noun itself.
Some people argue that there's kind of a rule that nouns ending with "e" are feminine, but there are many exceptions, it's not reliable at all.