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How do I pronounce: un, une?

Salut tout le monde! :)

While doing the Clothes skill today, I came across a sentence discussion and in it I found a question I'd like to ask to the forum.

You can find the sentence here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5352704

This question was originally asked by Juls48312, I'd like to ask it on this forum because I doubt that there will be another response to the question in the discussion, especially because that is one of the early skills on Duolingo French.

Could you help me with the pronunciation of 'une', please? I usually have my audio turned off so I almost can never listen to sentences. The user mentioned that they found the inclusion of the pronunciation 'e' in 'une' strange. I had always thought that pronouncing the e in une is normal.

When I searched the internet today, I found responses saying that there are two pronunciations of une. I have read a lot of articles about it but am not able to understand the rule and the places where the e in une is pronounced and where it isn't.

I don't want to miss any pronunciation rule for un either, are there different ways to pronounce un as well? In what cases are these pronunciations used?

Merci d'avance! :)

February 16, 2017

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/relox84

"un" is pronounced as a nasalised /ẽ/, while "une" is not nasalised and the n is pronounced: /yn/

The n of "un" is pronoucned through liaison when the next word starts in a vowel or an unaspirated h.

The final e of "une" is only pronounced when the next word starts in an aspirated h, or after other consonants in careful speech.

February 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/rhapsodyfemme

Merci beaucoup! :)

February 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/GautZGaut

Good afternoon, usually we pronounce the "e" of 'une' when the next word begins with a consonant (all the letters except A,E,I,O,U,Y) and we don't pronounce the "e" when the next word begins with a voyel. For instance : -unE maison (m - consonant) ; une lettre, une fleur -une otarie (o - voyel / mute e / la règle du "e muet"), une île, une arrivée For the word "un", there is only one pronunciation This can vary according to the french accent. A nice day !

February 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/rhapsodyfemme

Merci beaucoup! :)

February 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Angel-Rider

When pronouncing the word "une" you start as if you were saying "ew" and add a "n" sound at the end. Une = ewn. It is pretty simple. Let me know if this helps!

February 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/rhapsodyfemme

Merci beaucoup! :)

February 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/StanislavGalov

Good evening French Teachers!

I have a similar question.

Is there a grammar rule which specifically tells us the rule about pronouncing the final "e" of feminine words like "une"... (La serveuse a unE petitE croix)

I hear it pronounced but now i have a dispute with a colleague who claims it is never pronouced! (silent e)

3 French guys could not confirm who was right. Perhaps we could not explain it to them. One of them even used it a few times but later said the other (with silent e) was correct. It was like they didn't even know they pronounce it.

The comments on the net are somewhat contradictory.

Thanks in advance for your guidance!

April 21, 2018
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