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French words you are pronouncing incorrectly

Anyone noticed the little article on the right of this page under most read??? 'French words you are pronouncing incorrectly'.

My bug bears: -  rust and hot water bottle were not on the list, because I do struggle getting my mouth/tongue around those words....... but this list ........and as far as I am aware, I have always pronounced them properly.

Still, I'm sure that there are many words I say that are more than a bit iffy, but I try.

And the french call a sweat shirt a 'sweet', so they don't do much better do they.

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Re: French words you are pronouncing incorrectly

AFAIK, id, they write sweet but they say sweat like we do!

N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: French words you are pronouncing incorrectly

un oeuf ("erf"), but
des oeufs ("euh")
always gets me; not sure I have it right even now.
And I think it's similar with
un os (ohss), but
des os ("oh")

Maybe Eric will pop by and tell me I have got all that the wrong way round!!
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One that I never got sussed - is 10 km Dee kilometres or Dees kilometres?
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Pont and Paon, sound the same to me.
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Re: French words you are pronouncing incorrectly

 EuroTrash wrote:
One that I never got sussed - is 10 km Dee kilometres or Dees kilometres?


dee kilomètres

And for oiseau:  un boeuf but des "bur" alsoSmile [:)]  Like un vent à décorné les boeufs......but that's another subject altogetherBig Smile [:D]

N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Big Smile [:D]Lehaut, you have made me giggle...... because my first reaction to your post was that bridges may creak a little, but peacocks make the most bloody awful racketBig Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]



mint, where I lived, everyone said 'sweet' for a sweat shirts, never sounded like 'sweat'.

In mid sentence I still hear dessous and dessus as the same word and I always have to ask en haut or en bas.  Said, on their own, and I am OK.

Still not just the french...... with my MIL always saying san fairy ann and EVERYONE saying, 'already you' ...........IT IS VU not VOUS...... winds me up! yup it  does.

And I would say dee kms, although in the Savoy region they do say the X and Z at the end of many pro nouns, ie Chamon ikks, or ey kks (aix) les Bains. I just know family names with the Z pronounced.






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Id, I wasn't thinking of proper nouns such as surnames or names of towns.

It's just that after dix and six, the French do not sound the x if the next word (or noun) begins with a consonant.

See jours, dee poulets, etc.

But seez oeillets, deez étrangers, etc

N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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