https://www.duolingo.com/IanC798471

The /e/ ( "fée") and the /ɛ/ ( "fait")

Just did a listening quiz, and was really startled at how hard it was - it was all about distinguishing these two sounds. To be honest, I really couldn't except perhaps by length. I guess this is one of those phoneme pairs that I simply don't distinguish...and getting past that is going to take some real work.

Anyone know of any resources to attack this particular problem?

February 25, 2018

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

In France, according to the region, the social environment, the education, you will discover that these two phonemes are often used for each other.

That's it, it's a fact, the use is changing, the distinction formerly taught at school tends to disappear.

Suggesting such a quiz, as you point out, is mental torture ☺

February 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/IanC798471

I was fairly sure there were some accents where the two were the same, but it is reassuring to know that the distinction is falling away - because I think my ear isn't going to develop much of an ability particularly easily, that is one of those things one learns best as a child.

Interesting test of word pairs (mes/mais, fée/fais. etc)

February 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexDiaconescu

when you listen a lot you'll get them out of the context

February 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

I've also never really understood the difference, like I can tell from writing when it should be pronounced /ɛ/ and when /e/, but I don't really hear a difference between the sounds

btw some words such as les or c'est can be pronounced with both /ɛ/ and /e/

February 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/_M_M_.

You have to find audios and just listen to over over again to train your ear.

Here a good one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PPpNmv5DAs

February 26, 2018
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