French Pronunciation

French Pronunciation

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Added by February 3, 2022

Proper French & Spoken French: 7 Differences

Improve your French pronunciation: Learn the 7 differences between the French that you learn and the French that we speak.

Coucou tout le monde !

Comment ça va ? Big scoop today : the French that you learn is not exactly the French that people actually speak. I know you knew that already. It’s just that when we speak, we sometimes go fast, skip words or letters, and don’t bother to articulate everything properly. And that’s when you guys get lost.

So let’s have a look at 7 key differences between proper French and casual spoken French. This should help you improve both your listening comprehension, and your pronunciation. 

NUMBER 1: La liaison

Check out last week’s video on this topic. But as a quick reminder, when we speak, we blend a lot of words together so that one sentence may actually sound like a big blurp to you. 

As in: MES AMIS SONT AUX ÉTATS-UNIS.

NUMBER 2: Most French people swallow a lot of Es when they speak – only the ones without an accent though, careful. 

For example, instead of A-CHE-TER, we’ll say [ashtay], 

Instead of « JE ME PRÉSENTE », we’ll say « JE M’PRÉSENTE »

This becomes obvious when using verbs in the future and conditional tenses :

  • J’A-CHÈ-TE-RAI becomes J’ACHÈT’RAI
  • ON S’A-MU-SE-RAIT – ON S’AMUS’RAIT

NUMBER 3. Subject pronoun JE, sometimes turns into a [SH] sound.

  • JE SUIS À PARIS becomes CHUIS À PARIS.

Oh la la, confusing right ? 

NUMBER 4. Subject pronoun TU, often turns into T’. 

Example ?

  • TU AS UN CHIEN? becomes T’AS UN CHIEN?
  • TU AS DE LA CHANCE! becomes T’AS D’LA CHANCE! (here we swallow both the U and the E)

NUMBER 5. Subject pronoun NOUS is actually hardly ever used when we speak. Instead, we say ON, unless we’re in a formal environment or writing a letter.

Example

  • ON Y VA is a lot more used that NOUS Y ALLONS, which is pretty formal.

I did a video just on that a while back. Check it out.

NUMBER 6. Subject pronoun IL often turns into an [ee] sound, and sometimes even disappears completely.

  • IL FAUT QUE J’Y AILLE turns into Y FAUT QU’J’Y AILLE or even FAUT QU’J’Y AILLE
  • IL Y A DU CAFÉ ? Turns into Y A DU CAFÉ ?

NUMBER 7: in Spoken French, don’t use the negative word NE or N’. But always use PAS!

  • JE N’AI PAS DE MARI. becomes J’AI PAS D’MARI. – not yet, but I have freedom ! And hope.

Moving on :

  • TU N’AS PAS DE CHANCE! becomes T’AS PAS D’ CHANCE.
  • JE NE SAIS PAS. Becomes CHAIS PAS.(the NE disappears, AND the « JE SAIS » turns into [shay])

VOILÀ VOILÀ. Please be aware that this list of differences between proper French and spoken French is not exhaustive. If you’re aware of other differences, please comment on this video and share your knowledge with us all. Let’s all get this hot French pronunciation going !

For practice, go to my Qaya store and work on the assignment I’ve left for you there. 

MERCI À TOUS D’AVOIR REGARDÉ CETTE VIDÉO. 

ET N’OUBLIEZ PAS DE VOUS ABONNER À MA CHAÎNE SI VOUS NE L’AVEZ PAS DÉJÀ FAIT.

JE VOUS RETROUVE LA SEMAINE PROCHAINE POUR UNE NOUVELLE LEÇON. 

À BIENTÔT !

Work on you French pronunciation now!

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