How to pronounce "a un"

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    For example: "Il a un pomme." Is here any liaison or something like that? Because "a" and "un" sounds same to me; when i type the sentence to google translate it sounds like "a a". Is it right? Are they pronounced same? Thanks.

    November 22, 2018

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    https://www.duolingo.com/lksaltern

    "Il a un chat" would be a better example, since "pomme" is feminine. ("Il a une pomme.")

    There is no liaison or inserted consonant in this case, so the "a" and "un" tend to blend together a bit--especially in rapid speech. Luckily "il a chat" and "il un chat" don't make any sense in French (unless you're Tarzan), so there's little chance of confusion if the "a" and "un" become blurred.

    In slow, careful speech, the vowel of "un" is pronounced with the mouth a bit more closed and the tongue a bit farther forward than for "a." And "un" is nasalized, so air is passing through the nose. If you plug your nose, "a" should sound normal, but "un" should sound really weird.

    November 22, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      Thank you very much! Are there any liaisons in "as une" "ont un" "ont une" ? Note: I found some examples on forvo: Ont un: https://tr.forvo.com/phrase/les_agr%C3%A9g%C3%A9s_ont_un_statut_sup%C3%A9rieur_aux_autres_enseignants/#fr

      Ont une: https://forvo.com/word/ces_hallucinations_ont_une_cause/#fr

      November 23, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/lksaltern

      In careful speech, most French speakers use a liaison with "ont un" and "ont une," making them sound like "on tun" and "on tune." I have heard them pronounced without a liaison, though–usually in rapid casual speech.

      "As une" can be pronounced with a liaison ("a zune"), but most of the time is not. You usually won't hear the "s" at all.

      It's possible certain regions may prefer one way or the other.

      November 23, 2018
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