Pronunciation?

david-c

david-c

Bonjour, i am working with, and very much enjoying level 2 RF avec Lauren, Eric and Anne. Just a question re Lauren's pronunciation. She pronounces some words quite differently from the native speakers. Bien, plait, je voudrais, faire to name a few. It's quite strange to hear Anne say something and then Lauren repeat only differently?! My French friends say that Canadians speak French differently to them - is this what is occurring here? Not a complaint, as i copy Eric and Anne anyway, but just curious. This course is simply fantastic and i am learning so much so rapidly - Merci :)
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Hi there, ' yes, your friends are right. Canadian French sounds quite different. It is good to be exposed to both accents so you train your ears to understand different accents. You will hear it especially when she says words that include a nasal sound, like "bien". I'm glad to hear that you enjoy the course. :P
david-c

david-c

Merci beaucoup Marie- Claire, I am simply thrilled with RF and recommend it to all that i meet interested in French language. In fact i can't believe how much i have advanced since taking it up. It's remarkably good value with such in depth teaching, great teachers and conversations. I do miss your sweet voice though! Thanks for clearing up my Canadian question. A bientot :D
Anthony

Anthony

Bonjour, I can't help but also share your views. To Marie-Claire I am rather curious to know, however if you can be so kind as to answer my curiosity, I'll greatly appreciate it. May I ask you what are the main similarities and dissimilarities between Canadian French and naturally France's Français? The only reason I wish to ask this is because this may affect my family's future plans to consider migrating to Canada. I too am really enjoying RF and I must admit that as I steadily progress through the course, together with listening to French songs and watching French movies, I also amaze myself in how fast and fluently I am able to pronounce French's words now! This is a great course and I know my French will only get better in time. Looking forward to your reply, merci beaucoup. :D Anthony
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Salut Anthony, you can compare the difference between Canadian French and French as it is spoken in France with the differences between American English and British English. The accent is different, but still you will be able to understand both. Some words or expressions are also different (trunk, pants, trousers, holidays, vacation etc), but still you can understand what it's all about. I hope that clarifies it for you. Canada is certainly a lovely place to move to. :P
Udit-S1

Udit-S1

Please help me in solving this problem How do you pronounce the words,"FROMMAGE" and "Parfum" in French How do you say "Good Morning, Goodbye" in French ?
Marie-Claire-Riviere

Marie-Claire-Riviere

Bonjour Udit, The word "fromage" is said much as it is written although you must remember to soften the "g" at the end of the word. The word "parfum", like many French words has a silent ending. The "m" at the end of the word is silent and becomes quite a nasal sound. To say "Good Morning, Goodbye" in French, we say "Bonjour, Au revoir" J'espère que cela vous aide - I hope this helps, - Marie-Claire
Raina-J

Raina-J

I'm glad I found this post.  I know it is an old thread, but was also wondering if Lauren's pronunciation was a specific regional version.   I was noticing that alot if not all short words ending in a nasal n were pronounced quite different than what I was used to.  For example, bien sounded more like bee-ay, rein sounded more like ree-ay.  There also seems to be a different tone to a lot of the vowels (like when Lauren says jamais, the -ais sounds more like -eh rather than -ay ).  This thread does help though.  I appreciate that Rocket French is trying to provide some exposure to different accents, but it would be nice to make that more explicit in the recordings and identify those instances where an when they occur in audio lessons.  It would make it a lot easier for someone to learn one pronunciation system first before starting to learn another one.
Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Salut Raina-J !

Thank you very much for your feedback!

I'll pass this on to our development team for their consideration.

À la prochaine !

Liss

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