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British words the French are pronouncing incorrectly

Following on from Minty's thread, what British words do the French pronounce incorrectly ?

My surname is one (I have accepted that my surname and the kids surname) will never be pronounced correctly in France....I have even resorted to adopting their pronunciation when making appointments or whatever. You just have to live with it.

So what other British words can the French not pronounce ? For starters...

- Ships
- Chips
- Sheep

They can't do them. Or differentiate between them.

Any others ?
ner ner nee ner ner!!
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child and children

N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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My surname also and basically all words with an aspirated "H"
Andy

A European Rahinja.
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Re: British words the French are pronouncing incorrectly

My surname proves difficult for French people too, which starts with 'Th', plus other such words, like thumb, think, Thursday etc.




Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.


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I remember my kids friends having difficulty saying 'apple', right tongue twister that was for 7 year olds...... but they could do the 'th' sound at that age.



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I remember a night in Yugoslavia (as was) exchanging a night teaching a student trying to correctly say "the" , for a bottle of slivovitz (and a mighty hangover the next morning).
Andy

A European Rahinja.
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Some French friends who otherwise speak excellent English just can't do "guard" or "Guardian". They always stick in a W:
gward/gwardian
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Which shows that English or French most prononciation errors are caused by knowing the spelling of the word and seeing it mentally, the words that I correctly pronounce I will often write incorrectly, sometimes for years before I see them written.

 

I recall the children of my French teacher, they were 3 and 5 when we first met, teenagers now, the boy who was at school did very well, no surprise as maman was an English teacher but when we practiced English words he would struggle with pronouncing those that he already knew and critically knew how to spell, his little sister would pick them up instantly and was not hindered by "seeing" the words, she could not even read or write at that time.

 

Now as teenagers she has far far better prononciation than him proving the value of early learning.


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