Are "roues" and "rues" homophones? If so, can "Les rues sont blanches" work?
No, they aren't homophones, but the difference can be very hard for anglophones to hear and pronounce. Here are recordings of the pronunciations so you can listen to them side by side:
I hope this helps!
Wow! That's so helpful!
I didn't know that site existed.
So, for other peeps with the same question who are familiar with the IPA, rue is /ʁy/ and roue is /ʁu/.
To add: the "u" sound in ''rue" and "dessus" is a purer, more nasal "u" sound than English's, devoid of any "o" sound. The sound in "roue," on the other hand, is much more like the English "oo" sound. That's how my French teacher put it, anyway.
I am hearing much more the "u" in rue and the "o" in roue.
No, rues is pronounced differently than roues. Roues is like roo and rue is ruu.
Les roues on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round
Roulettes also means wheels right? Can it be used in this sentence instead of roues?
Roulette means "small wheel". For instance, the wheels on a skateboard could be called "roulettes", but not on a car. You could still call the wheels on a skateboard "roues", though.
"Roulettes" are always "roues"
"Roues" are not always "roulettes".
Ah! C'est claire maintenant! Merci beaucoup :)
Not a great sentence, the prononciation is not clear. "Les rues sont blanches" makes a lot of sense for a French Canadian ;)
The pronunciation is fine. Scroll up for a site at which you can listen to the two words over and over until you can tell the difference.
Is the s suppose to be pronounced?
No, none of the s's are pronounced in this sentence except for "sont". The others are all silent.
Does "The tires are white" work as well?
No, we don't know if these are wagon wheels. No one said that these are on a car.
The tire = Le pneu
I'd have turquoise if I could....