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Pronunciation help: pain vs. pomme

I am having a really hard time hearing the difference between the pronunciations of pain and pomme... they both sound like "pum" to me. Can someone please help?

October 24, 2012



Pain just is like pan in frying pan but without the n. Pomme is exactly like the pom in pom pom. I hope this helps!


Pain /pɛ̃/ (bread), homophone of Pin /pɛ̃/ (pine) is one syllable long, the final "n" is never pronounced whereas Pomme /pɔm/ is two syllable long : [Po/mme]. If you're sure you hear an M at the end, that is "pomme".

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