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Hi everyone.
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!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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What is hard about pronouncing French to you? Tell us about it in the comments!

Omar R Kassem
Sunday at 2:02 am
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In the explanation of circonflexe accent above you say " we place it where an -s used to precede a vowel, as in forรชt ("forest")". Did you mean to say where an -s used to follow a vowel?

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Sunday at 8:59 pm
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Hi David,


Thank you for posting.


Keep up studying well and soon youโ€™ll get great results! ๐Ÿ‘


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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David
Thursday at 3:16 am
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I use to find the French "R" very difficult until I learned that it tends to be very similar to the English "H." The other French letter combo I find troublesome is "GN."

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Friday at 4:17 am
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Bonjour Mary et merci pour votre message !


Madame, Monsieur,country, and brands (such as Coca) can be capitalized.

You can say: Madame, voulez-vous boire une Guiness en Irlande ?


Bonne journรฉe !

Marie Alice

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Mary
Friday at 10:30 am
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Little bit confused here...

In the lessons in mastering level 1 French they said that French uses capital letters only in the beginning of a sentence. They said that they don't even use capital letters even when writing Places, Weeks, Months and even the word "I". But here in this lesson under the examples of bonjour and sans in the the vocabulary first letter of the words Madame, Monsieur and Coca is capitalized. I have noticed that 1st letter of the words Italy, Spain and the names are also capitalized and all of them are in the middle of the sentences

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Tuesday at 12:25 pm
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Hello Flinterra,


Thank you for posting. You can find bigger images if you google 'french ruled notebook.'

I hope it helps.


Cheers,

Lena

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Flinterra
Thursday at 10:34 pm
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Hi @FrenchPod101.com!


Thank you for answering @bacterizing's question. Thank you for the answer but could you possibly provide a bigger image?


It would be greatly appreciated.


Thank You!

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Hi Sergey,


Thank you for posting.


You can also use our [voice recoder] feature to practice your pronunciation compared to the native speaker's. Please check it out in the [Vocabulary] section. It pops out when you click on the microphone icon.


PS: The voice recording tool is developed by Flash, and you need access to the site on your PC or Mac to enjoy the feature.


Hope this helps! Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.


@Anonymous,


Thank you for posting.


Keep up practicing and soon youโ€™ll get great results!


In case of any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Sergey
Tuesday at 6:42 pm
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When you try pronouncing nasal sounds you can't tell if you did well and it was a normal french sound or if it was really bad.

Anonymous
Sunday at 9:30 am
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The hardest part of french pronunciation is the guttural 'r' sound.