L’Abbaye de Beauport – French Story & Translation & Video

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Practice your French with this video in easy French and discover the Beauport Abbaye in Paimpol.

Bonjour à tous !

Time for another video in easy French. This time I am taking your to l’Abbaye de Beauport in my hometown of Paimpol, Brittany.

1 – How to Pronounce Abbaye in French

Click on the link next to the headphone to hear my recording.

The “y” acts like 2 i’s. The first one pairs with the secon a of Abbaye to make a sound “é” and then there is one “i” left !

Wait a minute? Isn’t “ai” in French pronounced like an open “è” sound? Yes, it should. Now, it’s a sound that is being butchered a lot by the French: lazy mouth habits, we don’t open our mouth as much as we should and then the è sounds like an é…

Try to say “a bè i”… it’s quite a mouthful! So I think that this word probably switched pronunciation naturally to accommodate how people were saying it: “a bé i” (just a theory of mine though…)

Watch out – a French “i” sounds like “ee” in English. It’s a long sound!

You also need to be careful about your liaisons and elisions in front of this word which starts with a consonant:

Une N-abbaye
L’abbaye
Des Z-abbayes

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2 – L’Abbaye de Beauport Video Vocabulary

  1. longer – to walk along something
  2. la côte – the coastline
  3. le chemin – the path
  4. mener – to lead
  5. être refait – to be redone
  6. la marée haute/ basse – high / low tide
  7. y – this letter is called “i grec” in French (Greek i)
  8. dater du – to date back to
  9. être en ruine – to be in ruins, barely standing
  10. ça fait rêver – it makes you dream
  11. N’est-ce pas ? – right? Doesn’t it?
  12. Un puits – a well – note this “puits” ends in a silent “ts” and has the same plural form
  13. Une glycine – wisteria

3 – Abbaye de Beauport Easy French Video

You may turn the French/English subtitles on/off with the options located on the bottom right of the Youtube screen.

4 – Abbaye de Beauport Pictures

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 23+ years in the US and France. Based on my students' goals and needs, I've created unique downloadable French audiobooks focussing on French like it's spoken today, for all levels. Most of my audiobooks are recorded at several speeds to help you conquer the modern French language. Good luck with your studies and remember, repetition is the key!

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