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Re: British words the French are pronouncing incorrectly

And this is how my french educated son read this, all with french pronunciation:


Mo re com be and  Wi se   ..............ofcourse a double V as is said in french, is a V sound.

I suppose the way the kids learn, helps me pronounce written french, as long as they sound the letter(s), it sort of makes sense.



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Re: British words the French are pronouncing incorrectly

There is a word that I think iIpronounce correctly but as I have never seen it written, dont know the spelling and cannot find it in a dictionary then I could be way off.

 

I know that en travers(e) is for something on its side but for something plutôt on the diagonal I hear and say en billet or maybe embillet.

 

So what is the correct word please?


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Re: British words the French are pronouncing incorrectly

En biais

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Wow!!!!

 

There never was a better example than that! Can you imagine how thick I would have appeared had I written it the way I hear it and pronounce it!!!!!!!

 

Yes, to my ears .....et and ais have the same sound.

 

Never in a million years would I have found that in the dictionary.


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I am so glad that it is not just me who tries to look words up, words that I use, but have no idea how to spell them........... and my searching, proves fruitless and frustrating.

If I really need to know, I usually get there in the end by going round the houses......... but I have literally wasted hours and hours in doing so.




My feeling about it is, that I would rather be able to chat to anyone in France about just about anything ....... it is after all a language...... ie using ones tongue to speak.  My literacy, well as many french people do, I can always get a scribeWink [;-)]

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If you want to bolster your self confidence regarding literacy just look at a page of ads on Leboncoin, it is absolutely shocking and I say that as an immigrant who makes more than his fair share of mistakes because I dont let embarrassment hold me back.

 

Of those that I have bought from they were all French born and (poorly) educated, not literacy but I bought a suspended cieling on Leconcoin recently, enough for 50m2 it said, the tiles are 60cm square, I took one look at the pile of tiles and said no way is that 60m2, he said there are 80 tiles, 80 times 0.6 = 48m2 Cry Out [:'(] when I tactfully explained that we are talking areas which are expressed in metres squared and that the correct calculation was 8à x 0.6 x 0.6 giving around the 30m2 I had estimated he had he gave me that look that I was trying to have him over.

 

We did the deal, I ended up paying €10 less than the  E100 we had agreed for 40 percent less qnd he thought I zqs ripping hi; off<

 

So;ething stupid hqs hqppened to ;y keyboqrd qll the chqrqcters qre co;ing out zrongm dont knoz zhqt I hqve done Cry Out [:'(]


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Re: British words the French are pronouncing incorrectly

'Et' and 'ais' have the same sound. It's just 'biais' as in biased - but not the same sense as prejudiced !

At an angle. Reverso gives lots of translations including 'skew' or 'askew'.

Also, as you can imagine, the verb biaiser - to bias, skew or distort - lends itself to wordplay. It's used in sewing - something to do with hemming, I believe. But I'm not a seamstress or seamster plutôt.

See the song 'La Biaiseuse' by Marie-Paule Belle... that dates me !

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Andrew

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Looks like your key board has gone qwerty, UK.

Mine used to do that mid sentence. I used to do something like Maj+Alt Gr, or Maj+Alt or something like that
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