Secrets of French Pronunciation - 2013 Edition
The updated 2013 edition now features an additional 51 minutes of French pronunciation drills, many more in-context examples and exercises and a new clearer and expanded 80 page booklet.
Does French pronunciation stump you?
When does a vowel + N become a nasal sound? And what is the difference between the nasals AN, IN, ON? Is there a difference between o, au, aux, eau, and eaux? Can you pronounce without thinking too hard "Grenouille" or "accueillir"? What about liaisons and silent letters?
Because you cannot just rely on your hearing
Most students never really learned French pronunciation, and just tried to copy what they heard. But French pronunciation follows strict rules . Once you understand the rules it's easy to read and speak with a true French accent.
You don't need to know the phonetic alphabet
I explain how to use your lip, tongue and throat to create the right sound, compare it to existing English sounds, and give you lots of practice. It's that easy. No weird writing needed.
Practice the French sounds that are particularly challenging to foreign students
Thanks to the audio tracks, you will be able to match the sounds to their different spellings, and get plenty of practice with the basic sounds as well as the more challenging ones such as the nasals, the "Y" sounds (eille, euille, ouille...), "u" and "ou", the French "R" etc....
Unique method built on 20+ years of teaching adults
This audiobook was developed based on feedback from hundreds of my adult students: they mastered French pronunciation, and thanks to my simple explanations, you will do to.
Table of contents for "Secrets of French Pronunciation - 2013 Edition"
- Rhythm, Tonic accent, voice pitch
- French Vowels: a, e, i, o, u, y
- Nasal vowels: in, an, on, oin
- Consonants and the French R
- Silent letters, liaison and elision
NEW! French Pronunciation Drills
- “é” and “è"
- Short words in "e" and "é"
- Le, la and les
- “u” and “ou"
- In, an, on, the nasals
IN DEPTH: "ille,eille,aille,euille & ouille - the French Y sound"
- The sound ill = [ee] + [Y]
- The sound eille = [è] + [y]
- The sound ail = [a] + [y]
- The sound euil = [eu] + [y]
- The sound ouille = [oo] + [y]
- Some amusing sentences I made up for you to practice
- Now let's mix the sounds [y] and [L]
IN DEPTH: "Mute H or Aspirated H - the 2 French Hs"
- List of very common aspirated H words
- A list of very common aspirated H verbs
- A long list of aspirated H words
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Explanations in English with examples & exercises in French
- Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis
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