I hear a female voice, and still have the turtle option available.
What's the difference in pronunciation between 'est' and 'et', please? I know the different meanings, but they both sound like 'eh'. If you're listening rather than reading, is it just a case of knowing the context, similarly to English words which sounds alike?
I found out from forvo.com, the pronunciation site, and people on this forum, that the man who pronounces all the letters in "oui" (oi) and final "e's", is using a regional pronunciation from the southwest of France. I was confused at first when I heard how he said the words, but I think it is good to expose us to his region's pronunciation. It actually follows the spelling of the French words more closely. Due to what I believe is called "phonetic drift", French pronunciation from other areas does not line up with the spelling any more, and hasn't for a long time. Spanish spelling is closer to the pronunciation because their spelling was updated by monks later than the French spelling was. I read that French spelling hadn't been revised since the Middle Ages. However, I just read, that in 1990 the spelling of a good number of French words has been changed. But, the changes seem to be more to "French-a-fy" words of foreign origin rather than to get spelling in line with current pronunciation. "Oui" has not been changed to "ui", and probably never will. ; )
I answered "l'homme est calm" without an e on calme, and was marked correct.
But everywhere else I'm seeing that masculine of "calm" in French is still "calme" with e.
Does anyone know if this exercise is wrong, or if calm can be with or without e for some reason?
Thanks for any advice.