Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Pronunciation: Pronouncing the "e"

Écoutez la vidéo ou les sons de l'exercice. Comptez le nombre de syllabes entendues.
Listen to either the video or the sounds for the exercise. Count the number of syllables you here.
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Conception: Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 02/08/2013 - Modified on 25/10/2019
[En plus faut que] je fasse un régime, ma chemise me boudine, j'ai l'air d'une chipolata, je [ne] peux pas sortir comme ça.
Ça n'a rien à voir, je les aime bien tes amis, mais je [ne] veux pas les voir parce que j' [je n’] ai pas envie.

On s'en fout, on y va pas, on n'a qu'à se cacher sous les draps, on commandera des pizzas, toi, la télé et moi.
On appelle, on s'excuse, on improvise, on trouve quelque chose, on n'a qu'à dire à tes amis qu'on les aime pas [et puis tant pis].
Bénabar [Plus I have to] go on a diet, my shirt's too tight, I look like a sausage, I can't go out like this. It's got nothing to do with them, I like your friends well enough, but I don't want to see them because I don't feel like it. We don't give a damn / we don't care, let's not go, we'll just hide under the sheets, and we'll order pizzas, you, the TV and I. We'll call, we'll apologize / say (we're) sorry, we'll make something up, we could just tell your friends we don't like them and to hell with it.

Pronunciation / Pronouncing the "e"

The silent "e" is an unstable vowel.

- At the end of sentences: it is not pronounced.
"J'ai pas envie".

- At the beginning of a sentence: it is pronounced.
"Je peux pas sortir".

- In the middle of a sentence: it is pronounced to avoid hearing 3 different consonants in a row.
"Ma chemise me boudine".

By contrast:
"on commandera" .

- Before a word that starts with a vowel: it is neither pronounced nor written, it is replaced by an apostrophe ( ' ).
e (ce, de, je, le, me, ne, te, se, que → c', d', j', l', m', n', t', s', qu')
"j’ai l’air d’une…"
"On s’excuse"
"On n'a qu'à dire".

- This phenomenon called "elision" also occurs with vowel sounds "a" and "i".
a (la → l' "l'étudiante")
i (si il → s'il "s'il vous plait")

Note: the singer is using the type of negation generally used in the spoken language. He doesn't pronounce the "ne" part of the "ne pas" form.
Je peux pas → Je ne peux pas
J'ai pas envie → Je n'ai pas envie

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