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

Blanc or blond? Sound the same...

Is there a difference between the pronunciations of "blanc" and "blond"? I can't really hear it.

July 2, 2012

7 Comments


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

Sympathy, helenxwho. (I upped sitesurf's answer.) Something that was a great help for me (less embarrassing than asking real people to repeat the words for me) was pasting something like "Blond, blond, blond blond blond. Blond?" and a similar set for "blanc" into a speech synthesiser, choosing a French voice and just listening. Using the punctuation helps to vary the voice. Here is one synthesiser: http://www.acapela-group.com/text-to-speech-interactive-demo.html You can so a similar thing with some machine translators, such as Google Translate. Hope it helps.

July 2, 2012

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

The difference is small for people not accustomed to French sounds, particularly nasal sounds. 'an' is open mouthed (like aah with closed throat) ; same with "on' linking with 'o'. and there are two other difficult ones : 'in' and 'un'... you'll crack them with practice I'm sure.

July 2, 2012

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

good advice, Mizotte, I just tested the synthetiser and it works perfectly ! For the other sounds I mentioned above, helenxwho, you an try with a series of 'lundi, lundi, lundi' (Monday) and another one of 'lapin, lapin, lapin' (rabbit). Good luck.

July 2, 2012

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

thanks for the synthesizer link! what threw me off was that "blanc" sounded closer to the english pronunciation of "blond"

July 2, 2012

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

That synthesiser is a handy tool. Thanks :)

July 14, 2012

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

Thanks for the address. The synthesizer seems a really good tool.

September 24, 2012

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

So helpful; mercy Mizotte!

January 26, 2014
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