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Pronunciation: Gestures associated with word groups

Regardez les gestes du professeur dans la vidéo. Consultez l'aide pour faire l'exercice et choisissez la bonne réponse.
Watch the teacher's gestures in the video. Check the help section to do the activity and select the correct answer.

The teacher gestures as he speaks.
French-speakers often gesture as they speak.
A gesture ends at the beginning of a word group.
A gesture lasts as long as a word group.
You can tell by the end of a gesture that a word group has ended.
Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
nbOk item (s) out of nb selected correctly
Watch out !
Well done !
Alors, dites-nous professeur !
Le professeur
“Merci Professeur !“. Une émission qui raconte l'histoire d'un mot ou qui explique un point de grammaire.
C'est une émission quotidienne. J'ai donc besoin d'une idée par jour. Posez-moi vos questions sur par courriel ou par cybercaméra, ce que certains appellent une webcam ! Je vous répondrai, si je peux.
Ah merci.
Le professeur
Merci qui ?
Merci Professeur !
The student So tell us, teacher! The teacher "Merci Professeur !" is a show which teaches us the history of words or explains grammatical rules. Because this is a daily show, I need one idea per day. Ask your questions by email or cybervideo (also known as a webcam) on! I'll answer if I can. The student Okay, thank you. The teacher Thank you who? The student Thank you, Sir!

Pronunciation / Gestures associated with word groups

In French, you don't pause between each word. French-speakers will pronounce 6 syllables in a row smoothly, no breaks in between. When speaking French, you put energy into the end of a group of syllables or a word group. You put noticeable stress on the last syllable to add emphasis. That stress indicates the end of the word, and helps you understand the word better. You convey energy through your voice, but also with your body. When speaking French, you move on stressed syllables. The energy in the body is linked to that of the voice. French-speakers often add a gesture to their speech patterns. The movement ends with the rhythmic group. An easy way of spotting word groups is by watching how the body moves.

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