I am going to France for vacation and I wanted to know what are some tips for improving my French pronunciation so that I can sound more like a french person than an American touritst?
Écoutes à "Français avec Pierre" sur YouTube. Il y a beaucoup de vidéos conçernant la pronunciation, les gestes, et les expressions en français.
Écoute "Français avec Pierre"IMPÉRATIF: (TU) ÉCOUTE, ÉCOUTONS, ÉCOUTEZ On n'écoute pas à.
How is your r? Make sure it is coming from the same place you gargle. I am anglophone with decades of being bilingual. I teach basic French to anglophones to help them avoid common pitfalls that anglophones make when learning French. How is your e caduc? Make sure your e in words like ce, de, je, le, me, ne, se, te, sounds like the e in the English word the. Make sure your accent aigu é sounds like the long a sound in the English word day. Make sure your accent grave, è, sounds like the e in the English word elephant. The accent circonflexe has the exact same pronunciation as accent grave, the only reason it looks different is it means that historically that word had a letter s after the ê, forêt, hôpital, etc. See a pattern?
Avec plaisir (=you're welcome) Feel free to ask for other tips. I can provide links I have found useful for my students or myself. Make sure you know when to make a liason with the h and when not to. ALL h words are silent. However, the aspirated h will be treated as a consonant. Example Le héros, not l'héros. However, ironically l'héroïne. Consult a dictionary, preferably a French dictionary like Larousse or Le Robert. Invest in a unilingual French dictionary, read it before bed, first thing in the morning before arising and carry it everywhere! This will help you think more directly in French. Start a French diary. Make a goal to read 100-3,000+ French words a day and to write 10 French sentences from your memory or a hundred words, whichever comes first.
I am a native UK English speaker and fluent in French with a regional accent [they think I'm Belgian :( ] I have 2 pieces of advice for you:
(i) Listen very carefully to the native speakers and try to reproduce their sounds (ii) English, UK and US, can be spoken in a lazy manner with minimal movement of tongue, lips etc. In French (or Italian or Spanish!) it is impossible to speak properly without significant movement of lips and tongue (just think of the difference between "e" and "é")
Merci pour vos conseils avec s. Autrement, c'est merci pour votre conseil :)