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TIPS FOR LEARNING FRENCH PRONUNCIATIONS ANYONE???

Sure French is fun to learn, is a romantic language and I love making these "French-y sounds". I thouuuuught I sounded pretty good, but I can't even pronounce "merci" or "t'es mignon" right... dang. The worst part; I can't just get how "ce" is pronounced?? "Est-ce"? Anyone? Just can't get how French questions work.. I tried watching Netflix programs, but how the hell am I supposed to understand all that?? Soooo if you have tips, for learning French accents(pronunciations, whatever) please help me out D:

October 11, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/ALX736872

Hello, I'm a native french speaker. If i have a tip for you is to listen podcast of french radios, like a "Revue de presse" (news) to learn the sound of words, or find a french people for talking. It's not easy at the beginning but it's the better way. An other solution, recently I have used an app who's name Drops for my vocabulary in japanese. I made a test for french lessons and the sound of words is like a native french speaker. So, Try this if you have 5 min per day :) . The link is just below https://languagedrops.com/

I hope I helped you ! Mon anglais n'est pas fameux, j'espère que c'est compréhensible ^^

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/shanaya265641

hi im new to french like COMPLETELY new and these tips u gave have helped me a LOT. So thanks and keep giving tips :))

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ThunderAugust

I am a native French speaker studying to be a teacher, and enjoy helping others. I'd be glad to help over Skype or Discord with pronunciation

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kandace764823

With learning any language, the best way to learn the pronunciation is to hear it spoken. Other ppl here have made some great suggestions for hearing French spoken. For me, i spoke Canadian French as a child, along with English, being as my paternal side is French Canadian. The words are basically the same but the pronunciation or accent is a bit different, here and there. So, on this site when a sentence or word in French sounds different than how i was brought up to say it, i keep hitting the audio replay button as much as 10 to 15 times for each one. And i say it aloud after each time i replay the audio. Speaking is as necessary as hearing for learning a language.

You might try this ? The more you hear it and speak it, the better your pronunciation will be. As you hear the audio, look at the words with their accent marks until it becomes more natural for you and the association of what you hear and see at the same time sticks in your thought process. I hope this helps.

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kandace764823

Oh, the ce in Est-ce simply sounds like the letter "s".

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ShellMarg

FORVO is an excellent site to refer to in order to hear how words are pronounced. Good luck.

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/tommy621905

If you put your tongue flat on the bottom of your mouth and push it forward against your teeth and try to keep it there that will help . You can't say everything with your tongue in that position but if you try to return to that position it will help .

One day ,I was complaining to a Frenchman how hard it was to make the R sound and he said "No, it is easy . Say Trois, and now say Tres ." From that day on the R sound was not so difficult .

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/stephen_zissou

you should consider finding people on tandem or hellotalk, to practice with and who can correct you

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Yooni0006

Is that some kind of a language learning site??

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum

They're sites that allow you to communicate with native speakers.

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RobKanelbulle

Listen to as much French as you can and then listen some more!

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Molly497468

There are videos on youtube such as Frenchpod101 where they break down the sounds more for French learners. Also, I watch French youtubers for the pronunciation of native speakers. Even though I don't understand everything they say it is still fun to watch and learn.

October 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CHAT511903

YEEES!! I am new as well so THANK YOU people you guys are awesome

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Allegedly_human

I see you're learning Spanish, so I'm gonna use it to help a little : -when followed by two consonants, or by a single "r" at the end of a word, the "e" is pronounced like the Spanish one. - "C" is pronounced "s" when it's followed by "e" or "i". if it's a "ç" (the little thing under is called a cédille), it's always a "s". - A single "s" between two vowels is pronounced like the English "z", and two "s" are always pronounced "s". - The "é" is pronounced like the Spanish "e". - The "è" and "ai" have a different prononciation : it's like a hollow é, it's difficult to describe in text, but don't worry, even if you fail to pronounce it correctly, you'll be understood. - The "gn" is the French version of "ñ". - "A "i" followed by two "l" will be pronounced like a Spanish double "l". - In short words, when the "e" is followed by consonant(s), it's a "é", and the consonants are silent (except for the "r", if followed by another consonant). So, "est" is pronounced "é". - The little "ce" is just a "s". That's all, the "e" at the end of most words are silent. If you have troubles for prononciation, just imagine they're not here. Like, "insult" in English and "insulte" in French end with the same sound, "lt". We just love to make things harder ! - the "ou" is pronounced like the Spanish "u". - The French "u" doesn't exist in Spanish or English, but if you take the word "useful", and delete the little glide that makes it sounds like "yuseful", then you have it. - the "i" is the same in Spanish. - About "eu", it's pronounced like the "e" in "the", or the last one in "whatever". - The really rare combination "oeu" (when written, the "o" and the "e" are merging a little), is simply a "eu" sound. - "An" and "en" is kinda like in "land". - The closest sound I know from the French "r" is the "j" in Spanish. But the "r" is quite softer, try making the "jota" sound without making your throat vibrate. - "In", "ain", "ein" and "un" are all the same sound; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIf8tg5-R4E - You can hear how "on" is pronounced in the video below. - If there's a vowel after a "on" (or a sound like that), let's say 'a', then it becomes "o", then the "n" sound; like "o na". - The "ô" is also like a hollow "o", but then again, it's not the most important. - Otherwise, the ^ doesn't change anything, it's just an old mark. - If a double "c" is followed by a vowel, then it's like in "accent". - If a "y" is between two vowels, like in the word "essayer" (to try), then it's pronounced like that : "essé yer". - "Oui" is pronounced like the English "we". - The "w" is pronounced "v" most of the time. - And finally, most of the consonants at the end are silent. So, "t'es mignon" would be pronounced "té miñon", "Merci", "mérsi", and "ce" can either be pronounced like "s", or like "seu" (it depends, but once again, no big deal, you'll be understood). Well, tried my best, but French Phonology is a hell of a mess. Hope I helped ^^

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Adryan_Bristow

try listening to french people drinking a glass of water and try to sound french

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/muzzlehatch

just keep listening and keep repeating. always say what you write and read in french out loud. and keep on doing it. You will get there! I'm just about managing to say words like "important" en something like french instead of english.

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/mafq12

I would suggest listening to FRANCEINFO, an internet radio station. FRANCEINFO is a news station that has a rolling 15 minutes broadcast so most of it is repeated every 15 minutes. I have it playing in the background in my car and on my computer and tablets.

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Athena913081

Im in french one class so I know a bit of french myself. You say you have trouble with merci? To say merci you pronounce it mer-see. Name is Cameron vit,go to Romulus for now but moving to Southgate in a couple weeks and romulus right now is 100000-1 but southgate is vice versa, tell me the name of your school and city and ill look at it to make sure their is french in your school and maybe you dont know it, check with your counselor and make sure and tell me because that dosent sound right.

October 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ninja-Lord

yooni you have a really cute pic

October 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Athena913081

How are you doing in greek? I signed up for it but I have been busy with french as that is the subject im taking in RMS(Romulus Middle School)

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lanny.ripple

Links to pages that helped me with this:

And the thing my French teacher stresses is listen to French songs. Learn the lyrics (from a lyrics site) and listen along. It rhymes, which helps. The stanza's are often short, which helps. And it's interesting, which helps.

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CHAT511903

Yes that sounds like a good idea I SHALL (lingot) I found let it go in french and I can't wait to learn it. :) Thanks for the suggestion.

October 20, 2018
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