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French pronunciation of 'bonne'

How do you pronounce 'bonne' as in 'bonne nuit'? Like "bon" or "bon-nuh"?

April 5, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

It depends on the region. Check out the Forvo link that SilviaSpells posted.

April 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ajHenrot

In most regions, "bonne" would be pronounced like 'gone, done" in English (of course starting with a b instead of a g/d). In some regions, e.g. the South of France, the emphasis lies on the second syllable, whereby the final 'e' is pronounced, giving "bon-nuh".

April 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/bryanlouiselle

Bonne: Say "bun", but shape your mouth as if you are saying "bone". Bon: It's a sound native to French. Think "hon hon hon" from the song "Les Poissons" in "Beauty and the Beast.

April 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/siciIy

it's pronounced like "bon," so "bonne nuit" would be kinda like "bon nwee."

April 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cleanthe3

No , it's not. The masculine adjective is not pronounced the same way as the feminine . It's like : pomme, nonne, tonne, marmonne, gorgone....

April 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/siciIy

apart from a slight variation in the pronunciation of the "o" i hear no difference whatsoever between the masculine and feminine adjectives. it's not pronounced "bon-nuh" or "pom-muh," it's a single syllable.

April 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cleanthe3

Indeed it's a single syllable if we don't pronounce the e at the end (unlike the south of france) (the examples I gave were just about the o sound , not the number of syllables). But the o in the two words are not pronouce the same way . In "bonne" you can also hear the n sound at the end that you don't in "bon" . Akudznam_Nafri gives a good explanation.

If your ears are not trained , it can be difficult to hear the difference, but as native speakers , we would hear right away the wrong prononciation ; not that it is a big mistake , but it's better to learn the right pronounciation.

April 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/siciIy

i see. thanks for the explanation :)

April 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Akudznam_Nafri

It's pronounced almost like "bon" just with little to no nasalisation at all...in the case of "bonne nuit" there is slightly more nasalisation since the next word starts with a "n" sound too, a little bit of nasalisation here makes it easier to pronounce.

April 5, 2018
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