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For many word such as mange and mangent for example can you tell which is which please fix it! because maybe its just me but I can't tell...
I think I can hear a slight difference, but it is almost unnoticable. Maybe it's just me :) In most sencentes you can guess which is which, for example: "Les chiens mangent" vs. "Le chien mange" (Les // Le). But I agree that it's a problem if you encounter a sentence that could go either way.
In my example I meant there was a difference between "mange" and "mangent". Not chien/chiens. I've heard from a lot of people that there is no difference, I'm just saying that while I lived in France, my french family said there was a slight one. So maybe to some people there is, maybe it's a regional thing, I dunno...
Katrine, my French teacher also said something similar. She said on words like mange you almost don't say the ending sound, it's there slightly but that with mangent/manges it is more clearly there. Personally, I would trust your French family if I were you over random Internet folks.
Don't trust some random internet folks if you wish but you can trust the dictionnary : http://fr.wiktionary.org/wiki/Annexe:Conjugaison_en_fran%C3%A7ais/manger
I will look very pretentious, most certainly, but I am not exactly one of random Internet folks. I am French, educated and living in France and I will repeat once again that mange, manges, mangent are all pronunced exactly the same way when standing alone. Now, if they are inserted before a word starting with a vowel, and provided the speaker uses liaisons, you may hear: 'tu manges [z] encore' or 'ils mangent [t] encore'.
petiteoiseau: Good to know that others have been told the same! Thanks for the support ;) Sitesurf: I do believe you, and the others. But I also believe that my french family wouldn't deceive me, so I believe that they believe there is a slight difference. - Either way, I can make myself understood, but thanks to all who have pitched in, trying to clear this up ;)