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Any French pronunciation tips?

So, I want to learn French because I want to move to Canada when I get older, but my French pronunciation is awful, if people could comment some tips/tricks for pronouncing French words that would be great.

Merci. :D

March 13, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

I've always wanted to live in Canada. It's a pretty neat place to live. Lots of snow though.

My best tips would be found in this article.

Hope this helped!

Best wishes, Camille

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jezzzica

learn the 'R' thats all you need to be honest. you can find great youtube vids y searching 'how to make the french r sound'

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LinguistIn2

I think that if you want to become better at french pronunciation don´t concentrate on the way the words look. Listening to french music is a great help. FrenchPod101 has a YouTube channel that you can look at. They have playlists on pronouncing the vowels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVI_TDGAfI4

The reason talk about not really focusing on the spelling until later is because one of the best approaches to learning a language is by starting out where the native speakers start. Plus you are not going to pronounce like 1/2 of the letters that you see especially consonants at the end.

Tip No. 1: Practice the individual diphthongs and triphthongs* since these are more likely to be pronounced.

Tip No. 2: Consonants at the end of a word are less likely to be pronounced UNLESS the following word starts with a vowel sound.

Tip No. 3: Remember that, even though many words look and are spelled the same, do not pronounce them as if it was English.

Tip No. 4: The "r" in french is very throaty so you don´t roll/trill 'em. It's very close to the sound that you make when clearing your throat but with less phlegm and closer to the back of your mouth and not down your throat.

Tip No. 5: Try watching videos that show french words being pronounced and try repeating their sounds and finding out what they mean.

Tip No. 6: Always leave spelling for last!

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Squash72

Merci beaucoup!

March 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Derek91

Commencez à bien connaitre l'alphabet phonétique international et les différences entre le sons. Ça aide beaucoup ! : https://regardsurlefrancais.com/2016/03/20/lalphabet-phonetique-international/

March 17, 2018
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