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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cavatoutle

How to pronounce "je viens de"

Hi guys.

J'espere que vous allez bien =)

It's been almost a year since I learnt French. I am still a beginner. I was watching a movie and often heard 'gien'. or 'jien' ? I guess it means 'je viens de' in the context. Do you pronounce it like gien, when speaking fast? Or Is there other word there ?

Merci beaucoup.

August 12, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

I was watching a movie and often heard 'gien'. or 'jien' ?

You may be referring to the pronunciation of the (incorrect, but often done in colloquial speaking) contraction j'viens which is pronounced (International Phonetic Alphabet): \ʒvjɛ̃\

The pronunciation of je viens is \ʒə vjɛ̃\


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cavatoutle

Thank you jrikhal. =) was very helpful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/relox84

In fast speech it is typically pronounced as "j'viens d" [ʒvjɛ̃d] which may be challenging to catch for a learner like you.

For instance, "Je viens de le faire" will be "J'viens d'le faire" [ʒvjɛ̃dləfεʁ]


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cavatoutle

Thank you relox84. I still barely hear /v/ and /d/, but it's just my problem. XD Your example was especially very helpful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Qiunnn

https://forvo.com/word/je_viens_de_france/#fr

this might help you, maybe look up vien... and see if any of the other speakers day it like that


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cavatoutle

thanks for your opinion! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

The problem with Forvo is that people pronounce the words well. :) As indicated by jrikhal and relox84, it was certainly the contracted form 'j'viens' [ʒvjɛ̃] which may sound like 'j'iens' [ʒjɛ̃] to non native ears.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cavatoutle

Right, I'm from Korea so that it's hard to catch some sounds that we don't have. thank you for your opinion. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

You are welcome. :) Even for us, native French speakers, there is a lot of guessing when we listen to someone or watch a film. If we hear 'j' iens d' fair' ça', we know it means 'je viens de faire ça'. Not that easy for people learning the language. Another example: 'Nan, ch' chais pô' is a common way to say, 'Non, je ne sais pas.'

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