Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Pronunciation: letter "s"

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Conception: Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 02/12/2017 - Modified on 02/07/2018
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Ça bouge en France vous emmène en Alsace.
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Capitale économique et culturelle de l’Alsace, Strasbourg a su brasser le meilleur des cultures rhénanes et françaises. Son centre historique, autour de la cathédrale et dans le pittoresque quartier de la Petite France, est classé au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Siège du Parlement européen, c’est une ville résolument cosmopolite.
 
Breitenbach
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À quelques encablures de Strasbourg, immergez-vous en pleine nature au Parc Alsace Aventure où vous risquez fort d’apercevoir de drôles d’oiseaux dans les arbres !
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C’est parti.
Instructeur
Alors, la progression, je vous rappelle, c’est un mousqueton l’un après l’autre, et toujours, un dans un sens, un dans le sens opposé.
Une personne qui fait de l’accrobranche
Y a toujours le moyen de bien s’éclater. Autant physiquement, que psychologiquement, là, c’est le top.
"France On the Move" takes you to Alsace.Voice-over Economic and cultural capital of Alsace, Strasbourg was able to mix together the best of Rhine and French cultures. Its historic centre , placed around the cathedral and in the picturesque neighbourhood of the Petite France, is one of the UNESCO world heritage site. As the seat of the European Parliament, this is defenitely a cosmopolitan city.  BreitenbachVoice-over Not so far from Strasbourg, immerse yourself in nature to the Alsace Adventure Park where you are likely to see some strange birds in the trees!Someone doing a treetop adventure course Let's go.Instructor So, as for your progression, I remind you: you need to put one carabiner after the other, and as always, one in one way and the other in the other way.Someone doing a treetop adventure course It's always fun. Physically and psychologically, it's the best.

Pronunciation / Pronouncing the letter "s"

The sound  /s/ is well known in many languages. It's the second most frequenty used consonant in French, after the sound /ʀ/.
It has a twin which is the sound /z/.
The sound  /z/ is pronounced the same way: the air continually goes between the front of the tongue and the upper teeth, the tongue stays
down. Moreover, the vocal cords vibrate during the whole sound emission. To easily pronounce the sound /z/, keep the tip of the tongue against your lower teeth and make sure you keep your vocal cords vibrating from the beginning to the end. Feel the vibration with two fingers pressed on your throat. It's easier to say /z/ in words which contain /g/ (to keep your tongue down) and /m/ (to make your vocal cords vibrate). We can also think about to the sound bees and mosquitoes make: zzzzz This twin comes in ninth place in terms of frequency but it is very important to stress the plural: - marking the plural with the liaison between determiners and nouns that begin with a vowel:  les_oiseaux - marking the verbs plural:  ils_ , elles_ before a verb beginning with a vowel:  il aime / ils_aiment, elle ouvre / elles_ouvrent, il apporte / ils_apportent, … It's also the feminine mark of the adjectives in the masculine form ending with the letters "-s", "-x":  compris, heureux, nombreux, français
The difference between /s/ and /z/ enables to distinguish  Ils sont (être) / ils_ont (avoir)
In general, the letter "s" is pronounced /s/: -in words beginning (Strasbourg, siège) -before a consonant (historique, cosmopolite) - in words ending (un sens). In the middle of a word between two vowels, there are two possibilities as in the well known pairs: poisson / poison, dessert/ désert. The "ss" between two vowels spelling indicates the pronunciation /s /.

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