I - PRONONCIATION

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French pronunciation is as important as French accuracy.  As a matter of fact, if you make a big effort at sounding as French as possible when you speak, the French will be more apt to forgive your little conjugation or gender mistakes.  Our ears are very sensitive to correct sounds.  Merci à l'avance de votre effort!

 

1. L'alphabet (Practice saying the letters of the alphabet)

 www.lepointdufle.net/apprendre_a_lire/lettres_majuscules.htm

2. Les accents (In French, accents sometimes change the regular sound of a letter.  So, it's important to learn the names of French accents, as well as how some affect the sound of a letter.)

phonetique.free.fr/alpha/accent.htm

3. Écrire les lettres (= Writing the letters you hear: click on the ear that is pictured)

A. phonetique.free.fr/alpha/epel5.htm

B. phonetique.free.fr/alpha/epel7.htm

C. phonetique.free.fr/alpha/epel8.htm

D. phonetique.free.fr/alpha/epel9.htm

4. Les voyelles et les consonnes (Combinations of letters are treated differently in French than they are in English)

A. phonetique.free.fr/alpha/voy.htm

B. phonetique.free.fr/alpha/cons.htm

5. Le son des mots (A. Finding out how words sound in French, by themselves and in a sentence; B. Writing French words of your choice and hearing how they sound:  Follow the procedure given )

A. www0.hku.hk/french/starters/fonetik/intro.htm

B. www.oddcast.com/home/demos/tts/tts_example.php  

Procedure:

Choose French under "Language".  

Choose Juliette, Florence, Sophie, or Virginie under "Voice" for the most clear and neutral feminin accents.

Choose Alain or Sébastien under "Voice" for the most clear and neutral masculin accents.

Enter the word or words you want to know how to pronounce under "Enter Text".  Do not make your sentence too long, keep it down to 6 words or so.  You can slow down the speed of the utterance (under "Effect"), but slowing it down too much will distort the sounds, so use that effect carefully.

Now click "Say It".  Repeat what you hear until you feel you are sounding very much like the speaker.