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Texan accent and French

Is it possible for someone with a Texan accent to be able to pronounce French correctly?

July 31, 2018

10 Comments


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    Yes. It's just a matter of practice. Look up a pronunciation guide, play careful attention to vowel sounds, the r sound and nasal sounds in particular, and listen to as many French speakers as you can. You Tube, especially Français Avec Pierre, and watching things on Netflix with French audio and English subtitle (most of Netflix's "original" shows have a French audio option).

    Accents are just habits people form when they pronounce certain sounds. Learning to pronounce a new language correctly is just a matter of learning new habits. That's all it is.

    July 31, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Madeline004

    Yes, absolutely. Just practice! (My dad has an excellent accent in french and german, and we live in Kentucky!)

    July 31, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/gatiquo

    Maybe in a million years -- ha ha -- just kidding. Have some lingots.

    July 31, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Semeltin

    Many people have problems with pronouncing a foreign language correctly regardless of their accent and the pronunciation of French is challenging. But every person has the tools to pronounce any language! Just listen to a lot of French and repeat the words.

    Then you can look at the phonemes (sounds) of the language:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:French_vowel_chart.svg
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_phonology#Consonants

    Your goal should be being able to distinguish all the "phonemes" of French and knowing when consonants are spoken that are usually silent.

    July 31, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/GabeDC

    Certainly possible, but it takes a lot of effort. I grew up in Texas, where I learned most of the French I know, and even my fellow theater arts students (who had largely overcome our Texas accents for performances) still reverted en français. Good luck to you!

    August 7, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/EricF.9

    If you want to know how dramatic a person can change their accent... Just watch the actor "Andrew Lincoln" from the cast of "Walking Dead". In the show he plays an American police officer. You would never guess he wasn't American. However, he is British with a heavy British accent. So to answer your question... Absolutely!

    Just imagine how much he had to practice to get it right

    August 1, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/TheDaisyMoon

    Well he most probably had a coach and hours of practices... And changing your accent on your native language must be easier than changing it in a secondary language, because the sounds still are close, while any english speaking person learning french has to learn new sounds that are not natural in their mouth.

    August 3, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/EricF.9

    Certainly...

    August 3, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/moggymom

    I had a French Skype partner, and we would joke that we were teaching each other how to speak French and English with thick southern accents. He was from Southern France, far away from the high refinement of Paris, and I am from Texas (but born and raised in Georgia).

    August 1, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/lilme20

    Just depends on how much time you put into it. What I find most helpful is to closely watch a speakers lips and tongue (if at all possible) as they say words and mimic the way their mouth moves. This has helped me immensely.

    August 2, 2018
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