Oyster Fest in Paimpol – Video 🦪

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

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.

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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

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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