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This lesson will take you through the essential sounds you will come across while learning french.
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It does not intend to teach you any vocabulary, but simply to help you pick up the sounds you need to produce to speak proper French.
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The text shows various spellings of these sounds.
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But we suggest you do not try to read the text of this lesson before listening to it. Just listen, and repeat.
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Let's start with vowels.
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a
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e
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é
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The following is similar to 'e' in "bed"
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è / ai / ê
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i
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o
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u
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ou
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The following ones are called nasals, and you may find them harder to produce.
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an / en
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on
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in / ain / un
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It's worth noting that french does not distinguish short and long vowels like english does.
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Now let's go through consonants. We'll just mention the ones that English does not have.
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The following is like the "s" sound in "pleasure".
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j / g
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Now the dreaded one: the french "R"
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rrrrr
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Try again:
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rrrrr
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It's not a catastrophe if you do not manage to say a perfect "R", people will still understand you easily.
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