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French Pronunciation: 'R' and 'U' Sounds in French

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4 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. R Sound [ʁ]

    • 3. U Sound [y]

    • 4. Conclusion

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Learn French: French Pronunciation - 'R' and 'U' Sounds in French

In this course, we will have a look at how to pronounce the most most difficult consonant and vowel: R & U in French.

  • Introduction
  • 'R' Sound
  • 'U' Sound
  • Class Project
  • Conclusion

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1. Introduction: Hello everybody and welcome to this new course. I'm delighted that you decided to join me today. So today we will have a look at two sounds from the French pronunciation that people learning French usually consider the most difficult to pronounce. The first one is the consonant, which is in French, and he sounds like a her. The second sound is with the vowel u, which is in French, and sounds. Then you have a class project at the end of the course. This course is aiming at all levels and at improving your pronunciation so you can some more French. We will also have a quick look at the phonetic of each sound, how to improve their pronunciation. And we will be looking at some exercises which would include those two sounds. So let's get started. 2. R Sound [ʁ]: So now we're going to have a look at the sounding French. So first of all, just a couple Effect is a consonance in French. And R is the most used consonants in the French language, which is about 13% of the frequency of all the consonants used. But let's remind us what consonance is. So a consonant is a speech sound days articulated with a complete or partial closure of the vocal tract. I will explain with some example in a minute. And just for you to know the phonetic symbol is disabled, are upside down. Before we start practicing on some of her, I just want to have a look at the different pronunciation of consonants in French and look at the table. So when you learning phonetics in a language, you will learn that all the sounds are actually created in a certain way. So I just want you to look at all the different concern and before just looking at because it will make more sense how it does work. So here is a table. It's actually a very simple version of the table. I have put most of the French consonant on it, and we're going to have a look at all of them. First, you have to understand that a consonant in French as three different descriptive aspects. The first one is the manner of articulation. She's the how the sound is produced. So if we look at each one, nasal means that the sound is produced with the nose. The airflow goes through the nose. Plosive means there is a stop when you are making the sound. And fricative means that there is a friction. It's vibrating in a way your vocal cords are vibrating. So that's the first aspect. The second aspect is the place of articulation. And that is where is the sound happening in your mouth and you froze. And we have lobule, which is, which means the lips. So make the sign you need to use your lips. Coronoid is related to the part that is if you put your tongue at the top of your mouth and get closer, GTPH, you've got allele or bump in your top of your mouth. That's disbarred that we would be looking at. Palatable is about the pellet and those solids, everything there is a back of the map, so the uvula or the fruit, and so on. And then the first thing that you want to look out, if it's the consonant is voiceless or voiced. So what does that mean? Voiceless evens that the air makes the sound and voiced means it doesn't, it's the vibration, the vocal cord. So let's look at some example we'd make sense in a second. If we're looking at the firsthand, let me show you which is so if we look, the manner of articulation is net's or which means the air is going through my nose, my mouth. The place of articulation is the ellipse, which means we are using only the pronunciation. The next one is null. And you can feel your tongue is on that bump that is in your, in your math. The last one is the sun. In French, which you can feel you touching you pellet. So that's the difference. If we look at the plosive voiceless consonants, we have. So we on this one, per, per, per clues, if you can hear there's a stop is not a sound that you can continue forever on this, you repeated per, per, per, and it will deliver. We've got someone that is voiced, which is the difference is so voiceless, that's why I wanted to expand the voiceless means that the air mix the sound bad. But the 7-1 birthdays voiced. You can feel it from the vocal code. How you can notice that if you put your hand on your throat and you touch your vocal chord, if you do that, you won't feel anything on your hand. If you do, you can see the little vibration, but that's the difference. Then if we look at the next one to the, and then the dorsal one, guy, that's the plosive consonant. Then we have do a fricative, which are the vibration one, we've got the same thing with the vocal chord. If you put your hand, if the voiceless or voiced for the coral nola, sir. The ballot will our Shen Zhi. And finally, the one that we actually want to look at today is and why it's important to look at this. It look there on the semicolon as the band gap. So one practice is to start with those consonants occur because you have them in English, though, you should be familiar with them. And then go down to the care of her because it's actually at the same place. And while showing all of that is for you to actually feel why you are saying. Now we're going to have a look H2 proton style at another, We've seen the other consonant. So the letter R in French is called a voiced uvula fricative. So what does that mean? We kind of just talked about it. Voiced. It means that you are using your vocal cord during the process. If I put my hand on my throat and I do this, I can feel the vibration on my hand. Uvula. It's the place of articulation. It means that it's where the uvula is, which is at the back of the tongue. And it's one of the mistakes that people do and then trying to do the French. And the train should with too much with their fro 20, it actually 0s at the top of the fruit. It's fricative. That's the manner of articulation. It means it creates a continuous friction. So let's practice. So first thing is something that is important as well, what to do and what not to do. Something that people do too much ease either this on like in English, doing rock, which is not a hard. And sometime they overdo it and they would go too much with the actually the low part of the fraud when it's actually at the top, you have to remember that it's at the back of your mouth. Men, less than the bottom of your fruit. Now we're going to have a look at some sentences. So what we can do first is to start with the word web just to solely practice. Now. And I really want you to feel the back of your mouth. It's at the back of your math, not at the bottom of your throat. And if you had to remember those other sounds that we learn, curve. And if you try to feel the sound, it will be easier if you stopped. The next word is glue. A ha, FoodNet. And you need to keep repeating those. Wed a Coppola time on Cedric field, it's coming there. And then the sentence is actually for more advance if you want to try saving more of the sun in one sentence. So this sentence is Lou, lou hua parallel Fernet Lou, lou hua, Bhalla FoodNet. Then you can try to say it faster and faster. You really, really want to practice. Let's have a look at the next one. Do the weekly as shown. It'll say redo doula, CSU presents TWA. Ha, ha, ha, Don't talk. And the less sentences, he shall call top. Voice. Clear. Galilee Shang, Han, Tulsa, Harlem voice. Happy the man. Don't look. Yeah, hash. So you need to keep practicing with those sentences. But what's really important with this sound? Remember, back of the mouth, not bottom of the back of the map. And you need to remember those other son go. It's at the same place at those two sounds. So that's it for this, the sound. Let's move on to the next one. 3. U Sound [y]: And now we're going to have a look at the sum in French. So it is a val, any sounds buh, as it is written. The OO vowel is protons with the lips towards the front of your mouth. And it's actually very funny because it's like you're giving a kiss on the cheek to someone. So if you practice this and you will notice your lips coming together and very rounded at the front leg, giving a case. But let's remember what is a vowel? A vowel is a speech SAN, where the oral part of the breath channel is not blocked, so you can keep going with it. And for instance, this one, e. That's why admins and the phonetic symbol is the actually that why in French, and that's the sound. So same thing as what we've seen with the sound. I want us to have a look at the vowel sound table. It's a very simple one. Either put all the vowel in it. I've just put a couple just to help with understanding that sound. So let's have a look. So it's a bit different than the consonant. We have different things. So for the vowels, you can see that we have close, close meat, meat opened, mid, open. So what does it mean? It basically shows where your tongue is when you pronouncing that vowel. So close mean it's at the top of your mouth. So close to the ballot. Clothes made is a bit Laura made is halfway. Open, rate is lower. And open means it's at the bottom of your mouth. And then you have front, central, and back. And that also means where your tongue is placed in your map. So if it's at the front, It's at the front of the IMF Central is in the middle of your mouth and back it's closer to your foot. And we've got a slight difference as well for the front one which has been rounded and run it. What does that mean? It's the shape of the ellipse. So if she leaps are very rounded, like a case, which is why when explaining will descend UX or not. So we're going to have a look at the different vowel just to compare them with the one that we are studying today. So the first one here is the sound E. And it's a close sound because your tongue is at the top and at the front. And the one we are learning today, which is very similar to it, e. And we've got this one at the back, which is looking at that table is really to understand where the sound is in your mouth. Because the better you understand it, the better you will be pronounced those sound. So to close one, ih, ooh, ooh. Let's have a look at the next one. Is, ooh, oh, we have the Sundays amid dies. And then we go to the sound f, o. And the last one is R. So now let's go back to the one that we are interested in today, which is this one Bu Hua of could that table is for you to actually linking to eat. So how do we pronounce the letter in French? So the letter in French is that symbol. The y is a close forms rounded vowel. It's what we've just seen. So what does that mean? It means that the tank is as close as possible to the top of the math. Frontier means it's near to the front of the math and run the enemies that all leaves around it. And that's actually needed. The only difference with the letter iy, which is e. And we're gonna see that in a second. So what to do and wanted to do. What to do for you is to start with the sound ee and then move your lips towards the front, E. E. Because that way you only moving your lips and you already have the good sound, e, you have this sound in English, so that's easier for you. Ih, ee, oo. And all I'm moving my lips. So now let's have a look at some sentences to practice. We're going to do the same thing as we done. When are we going to read the words first and then the sentence. You knew what Lulu even knew at Bu Zen gamelab Battle, do you have what you, the next sentence is Giuliano. Do. Julia Mao's day print. Do mushy. Lucy von do you, Lucy von do so. Julianna, you know, it, you don't loose. Juliana. It, you need to jump blues. So some practice as the other side starts with the word repeat, there was a couple of time like Lulu, Lulu, Lulu. And then when you feel more confident with each web, start putting them in a sentence and practice with that. And then you can go a bit faster if you want to practice it and more. So that's it for the sound. Let's move on to the next, but thank you. 4. Conclusion: Whether they be Bette, we're at the end of the course. So Festival, let's have a look at our class project for this course. You will have to record yourself and repeat the sentences that we've used in this course. And if you want more information, you can then look at the PDF days link in the class project section. So when then we at the end of the course. So let's summarize what we have learned today. Now, you know how to practice and pronounce the sound and this sound in French. Thank you for watching this course. Mfc Booker pool with liquids, a attribute onto alpha.