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Hi ianhodges84. Many of us have difficulty with the Duolingo voicebot and some often say that Google Translate pronounces French better so it seems you are wise to check with Google. There is also the odd (rare) actual mistake on Duo. But hey, it is free and improves in time. There are other sites which are good for pronunciation... www.youtube.com/watch?v=spztukovzw to start from and scroll to the word you require to practice. About.com French also has some pronunciation help.
Hi Ianhodges84/94 and Sitesurf, From previous experience, I would not recommend using Google Translate, as it can be inaccurate and unreliable. I think, though the voicebot on Duo is perhaps slightly hard to understand, that you should stick to Duo for most translations and learning for the above reasons. Hope this helps! Midget 1
If anyone is confused with the 's' matter, you don't pronounce it. Also, there is the matter of conjugation if you are going to say I eat or we eat. The infinitive is 'manger' (Correct me if I'm wrong), which means you have to conjugate to the ER ending of the verb's infinitive. (BTW, I only got this in year 8 after excessive practice, so don't worry if you don't understand! :] ) Je mangE Tu mangES Il/Elle/On mangE Nous mangeONS Vous mangEZ Ils/Elles mangENT For the imperitive tense (Telling someone what to do), you use 'tu' and 'vous'. It is conjugated the same UNLESS THE VERB'S INFINITIVE IS 'ER' !!!! You remove the 's' , so eat the ham would be: 'mangE le jambon' Cool?
final -s is not to be heard, except in some cases where the word is placed in front of a vowel (beware: not valid for all words) :
page on optional liaisons: http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-o.htm
- you will find links to 2 other pages with compulsory liaisons and forbidden liaisons
No, the "n" belongs to the phoneme "an", these 2 letters makes a new sounds when put together. This sounds is represented by the phonetic letter ɑ̃ in the International phonetics alphabet. The "n" is pronounced only when you have a following liaison, and you would have in this case the sound ɑ̃-n