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|Welcome to The Ultimate French Pronunciation Guide.
|In this series, you'll master French pronunciation. Proper pronunciation is essential in French, and in this series, you'll learn it in a fast, comprehensive, and easy way.
|In this first lesson of the series, you'll learn about the building blocks of the French pronunciation system that will help you in future lessons.
|The letters used in French are the same as the letters you use in English, with the only exception of a few accents on some of the letters.
|But be careful not to fall into a very common trap: as you're learning to *speak* correctly, you shouldn't concern yourself with all the letters. That's right -- forget them! You care about the *sounds* of French and here they are:
|There are 23 consonant sounds, and 16 vowel sounds. You can form every single word in French by using these sounds.
|Still seem complicated? Well how about this: of the 23 consonant sounds in French, you *already know* 20 of them. That's right, if you are a native English speaker then you already make these sounds every day.
|You can also ignore 6 of the vowel sounds for the same reason.
|The only thing standing between you and perfect French pronunciation are 3 new consonant and 10 new vowel sounds. You can handle that!
|Now let me introduce Mailys, who will be helping you to master these new sounds.
|Mailys will be giving you native pronunciation examples for you to imitate. But for this first lesson, just sit back and listen to the unique sounds of French:
|In the next lesson, we'll look at the top 5 pronunciation mistakes French learners make. You'll want to make sure not to fall into these common traps.
|After that, we'll begin going through the vowels and consonants of French. This is your chance to learn how to correctly say all of the words you just heard.
|We'll finish up the series by covering some special topics that will really make your French sound natural!
|To close this lesson, here's a question for you.
|Why is it important to spend time on learning proper pronunciation, even if you're already an advanced speaker?
|You will be understood, and this will help you build more confidence as you communicate in French. For beginners, you're creating a strong foundation to build on. And for more advanced students, this is your chance to improve your accent and lose any bad habits you may have picked up.
|What is the hardest part of French pronunciation? Tell us about it in the comments.
|See you in the next Ultimate French Pronunciation Guide lesson!