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Episode 1 The Sound system
Time-length-icon 9m 37s
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Publish-date-icon March 27, 2009
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EPISODE DESCRIPTION

• r is rolled
rouge, gris, marron, vert, répétez
• j soft
je, bonjour, jaune
• ge gi soft same as j
âge, rouge
• ga, go, gu hard
garçon, gâteau
• qu always k not kw
quatre, quel (âge), qui
• h pronounce as if it is not there
huit, hot-dog
• ch as sh
chat, chien, chantez
• -tion [see oh] not sh
station, attention
• -sion [zee oh] not sh
télévision
• ou mouth round, pure
ou (or) où (where), bonjour, bouche (mouth) poule (hen)
• u with mouth round say ee, short
salut
• final -t usually silent
salut, chat, petit
exceptions - huit, sept
• final -d usually silent
grand,
• final -et sounds ay
poulet
• final -er sounds ay
dîner, déjeuner
• final -ez sounds ay eg plural commands
chantez, écoutez, regardez
• eu mouth round say i as in pit
couleur, deux, yeux,
• final -s usually silent eg all plurals
2 chats, des chiens, 4 ans , gris
• final -x usually silent
deux, yeux, cheveux (hair) joyeux Noël
but sounds z in liaison six ans, joyeux anniversaire
exceptions - six, dix
• i sounds ee
six, dix, gris, petit
• au sounds o
jaune
• oi sounds wu or wa
trois, moi, toi, voilà, froid, poisson,
au revoir
• ui [wee]
huit, bruit
ACCENTS
E
• é e acute always ay
écoutez, répétez, (ma couleur) préférée
• è and ê ë give and e as in bed
père, mère,tête, Noël
• unstressed e sounds more like i in bit
petit, levez-vous
• final e is silent but may affect the sounding of the previous vowel
petit, petite, grand, grande
• accents on a and i and u make no difference to the sound
a (has) à (at, to) ou (or) où (where)
nasals ~
• -on, -om
bon, bonjour, mouton, onze, attention, garçon not bonne (double n)
comptez, combien,
• -an and -en
dans, 4 ans, grand, grande, dansez,
excellent, cent, attention
• -in, -oin, ien, ain
cinq, vingt, vin, fin
coin,
bien, combien
pain, faim, main, saint
• un (not une)
un, lundi, bruns
semi consonants
• ille [ee yi]
fille (girl), famille , brille (shines)
• ouille [oo ee]
grenouille (frog)
• eil, eille [ay yi]
soleil, oreille, bouteille(bottle)
• ail aille [eye yi]
bataille (battle)

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