I have just started learning french. I am still in the basic level and I am thinking of attending a french school https://www.camptournesol.ca/ in the summer to learn the language better. The most challenging part that I face is pronouncing the words properly. I have heard that reading aloud works. I have already bought some books and I am planning on reading it. I always get confused with the "u" sound. I always find it hard to properly distinguish between the "u" and "ou" sound. If anybody could help me out with this, it would be great.
French students may be confused with the French U, that is quite different from the english one. French has two "u vowels", written respectively with a single letter u and with the combination o + u = ou The U sound is always spelled U and the OU sound is always spelled OU, so they are easy to tell apart in writing. The French u and ou vowels are essentially distinguished by the position of the tongue: in u, the tongue is held far forward in the mouth. With ou, the tongue is pulled towards the back of the mouth. To pronounce U : put your lips as if you want to whistle. At the same time, try to pronounce the English /ee/ sound (as in see). The frenc OU is pronounced more or less like the “ou” in "soup”. For example : C’est le mur, c’est l’amour. (It’s a wall; it’s love). Mur is pononced with the U sound and amour with the OU.
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