Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Pronunciation: the [R] sound

Écoutez les énoncés et cliquez sur le nombre de [R] que vous entendez.
Listen to the sentences and click on the number of [R] that you can hear.
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 - On n’a jamais quitté notre bled sauf pour aller en colo et à La Bourboule ! I can hear [R] 3 times|I can hear [R] once|I can hear [R] twice|I can hear [R] 4 times
 - Pourquoi on suit la Loire ? I can hear [R] twice|I can hear [R] once|I can hear [R] 3 times|I can hear [R] 4 times
 - Y a pas d’autre chemin ? I can hear [R] once|I can hear [R] 3 times|I can hear [R] twice|I can hear [R] 4 times
 - Si mais moi j’ai pas d’assurance. I can hear [R] once|I can hear [R] 3 times|I can hear [R] twice|I can hear [R] 4 times
 - Pas le permis non plus. I can hear [R] once|I can hear [R] 3 times|I can hear [R] twice|I can hear [R] 4 times
 - T’aurais peut-être pu nous le dire avant ! I can hear [R] 3 times|I can hear [R] once|I can hear [R] twice|I can hear [R] 4 times
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Conception: Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 04/12/2017 - Modified on 06/07/2018
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Premier homme
Si on allait au Brésil, hein ?
Deuxième homme
Qu’est-ce qu’on irait foutre au Brésil ? Je parle pas espagnol, moi.
Premier homme
Espagnol ? C’est le portugais là-bas !
Deuxième homme
Ils parlent pas l'espagnol les Portugais ?
Troisième homme
On n’a jamais quitté notre bled sauf pour aller en colo à La Bourboule ! Toi tu veux aller au Brésil ? Allez, laisse tomber.
Premier homme
Moi je me demande ce que je fous avec deux glands pareils.
Deuxième homme
On se demande.
Troisième homme
C’est vrai, on se demande…

Troisième homme
Tu peux mettre le chauffage ?
Premier homme
Y en a pas.
Troisième homme
Pourquoi on suit la Loire ? Y a pas d’autre chemin ?
Premier homme
Si, mais moi j’ai pas d’assurance. Pas le permis non plus.
Troisième homme
T’aurais peut-être pu nous le dire avant !
First man How about going to Brazil, huh?Second man What the hell would we do in Brazil? I don't speak Spanish.First man Spanish? It's Portuguese over there!Second man Portuguese people don't speak Spanish?Third man We've never left our hole except to go to camp at La Bourboule! And you want to go to Brazil? Come on, just drop it.First man I just wonder what I'm doing with two prats like you.Second man One wonders.Third man It's true, one wonders...Third man Can you turn on the heating?First man There's no heating.Third man Why are we driving along the Loire? There's no other way?First man There is, but I have no insurance. No licence either.Third man Maybe you could've told us earlier!

Pronunciation / The [R] sound

In your opinion, which consonant is the most pleasant to hear in French? In your opinion, which consonant is the most awful to hear in French? Have you ever noticed the /ʀ/ in French? How do you find the French /ʀ/ when you hear it? Exotic? Horrible? Normal? Quite pretty? Really beautiful? You don't know? How do you find the French /ʀ/ when you pronounce it? Exotic? Horrible? Normal? Quite pretty? Really beautiful? You don't know?
Is the difference between:
impossible, difficult, easy to hear?
les grands and les glands impossible, difficult, easy to pronounce?
Do you know that the /ʀ/ is the most pronounced consonant in French, having a frequency of almost 13%? So it's important to learn how to pronounce it now! How can you do it? Pronouncing it is quite easy. First, you mustn't think about the "r" in your language. The English "r" is pronounced in the middle of your mouth; the Spanish "r" is pronounced at the very front of it, while the French /ʀ/ is quite close to the Arabic "Kh" (as in the singer Khaled's name), to the Spanish words "bajo" or "hago", to the final sound of Portuguese infinitives like "faltar", to German words like "machen", or to the "ch" in Loch Ness. You pronounce the French /ʀ/ in your throat, as if you wanted to pronounce /k/ or /g/ while breathing out air through the sides, with your tongue flat against your lower teeth. Are you ready? Carefully pronounce /k/ or /g /. Do it several times. Feel where the /k/ sound is produced in your throat. Slowly tighten up your throat until you can feel the spot where the /k/ is articulated. Your throat is partially closed up. Keep your tongue flat against your lower teeth and gently breathe out through the remaining opening.
 
Now try to say Ri - Ri - Ri - Ra - Ra - Ra for 30 seconds every day.
Tips It's easier to pronounce the /ʀ/ if you stretch out the vowel preceding this /ʀ/. Don't forget to keep the tip of your tongue down until the /ʀ/ sound is finished.Practise! You can start imitating these examples:
at a slow pace,
then at a quick pace,
then shouting it,
and then whispering it.
Lastly, you can say the syllables in time with the example, as precisely as possible.

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