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🦪 Oyster Fest in Paimpol – Video

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis - updated on Sep 10, 2020
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The pronunciation of oyster in French – une huître – varies depending on the word that’s before. Free lesson + video at an oyster fest in Paimpol & subtitles.

1 – How Do You Say Oyster in French?

The French word for oyster is “une huître”. It’s quite a tongue twister for English speakers!

2 – How Do You Pronounce Oyster in French? (With Audio)

The pronunciation of the word is closed to French number “huit”. Listen to the video and repeat out-loud.

Note the liasons that happen. We seldom say “huître” – there is likely to be a liaison before!

This article features audio recordings. Click the audio player to hear me say “huître” in French.

  1. huître – weetr
  2. l’huître – lweetr
  3. Une huître – nweetr
  4. Des huîtres – zweetr
  5. Six huîtres – zweetr
  6. Douze huîtres – zweetre
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3 – Everyday French Practice Vido – Oyster Fest in Paimpol

Now let’s see this “live” video I shot: as I was jogging in my hometown of Paimpol, Brittany, I stumble upon the oyster fest and so I did a live, unscripted, very natural video.

Press CC and with the wheel (settings) for no subtitles, French subtitles or English subtitles.

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4 – French Conversation With An Oyster Fisherman

The fisherman who opens the oysters on the video says:

  1. Donc, là, je l’égoutte – So, here, I strain it
  2. Je décolle le pied – I take away the attach
  3. Et voilà, allez-y, il n’y a plus qu’à manger – and here you go, go ahead, you can eat it now
  4. Alors ça, ce sont des huîtres creuses de Paimpol – So these are cupped oysters from Paimpol
  5. Des grosses, taille XXL, qu’on ne trouve pas dans le commerce ! big ones, size XXL, which you don’t find in stores!

By the way, this guy is a pro… I would never dream of opening an oyster without protecting my hands! The shell is quite sharp and will cut your hand!

5 – Warm Oysters on Barbecue Recipe

To make warm oysters, you need:

  1. (la) ciboulette (chives),
  2. (le) basilic (basil – m),
  3. (l’)échalotte (shallots – f)
  4. et (le poivre) cinq baies (five berries… a mix of 5 different types of peppers)

What happened to the French articles here? He didn’t use any because he’s making a list and being very direct.

Miam ! – Yum

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