1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: French
  4. >
  5. "Tu portes ton nouveau mantea…

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

"Tu portes ton nouveau manteau" vs "Tu portes un nouveau manteau"

What would be the difference between how these two sentences sound?

  1. Tu portes ton nouveau manteau.

  2. Tu portes un nouveau manteau.

I keep getting nailed on this one thinking that I am hearing #2 when the answer is #1.

March 14, 2018

6 Comments


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

This might not be helpful, but usually 'un' sounds like 'an' in English while 'ton' has a visible t and more of a nasal sound!Even if you don't really get the difference right now, your ears will eventually get used to the difference. Hopefully this helped, I'm not very good at explaining things :)


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

Have you tried the slow speed? It's often much clearer.

Forvo is also a good resource to hear actual people pronouncing it rather than robots whose pronunciation may or may not be correct.


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

Thanks for the site tip. I did not know about Forvo.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa
  1. is pronounced "tu-porr'ton nouveau manteau."

  2. is pronounced "tu-portzun nouveau manteau."

Note: the z sound is very subtle.

The words blend into each other, thats what I tried to show by writing them this way.


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

Thanks. That makes sense. Liaison at work. That will help me a lot to keep that in mind.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa

:-) yes, lots of liason in french!

Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.