Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Pronunciation: The "an" sound

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Nous ne faisons que passerDans l'ombre sous la lumière Sans prendre le temps de s'arrêter Si l'on nageait sans respirerAurons-nous de l'air cet été ? Tout le monde cherche à s'échapper.
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Published on 04/04/2013 - Modified on 13/12/2019
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Gaëtan Roussel
Time to get away, gotta help myself, soon!!! Help myself…
Nous ne faisons que passer
Dans l'ombre sous la lumière
Sans prendre le temps de s'arrêter
Si l'on nageait sans respirer
Aurons-nous de l'air cet été ?
Tout le monde cherche à s'échapper.
Gaëtan RousselTime to get away, gotta help myself, soon!!! Help myself… We're just passing by In the shadows under the light Without taking the time to stop If we swam without breathing Will we have some air this summer? Everyone's trying to get away.

Pronunciation/The "an" sound

Have you ever tried imitating the way a French person speaks? Have you ever tried imitating sounds that you feel are typically French? What do you think of French vowels? Are they: awful, normal, rather / really beautiful? You don't know? Is the difference between:
son and
sans
impossible, difficult, easy to hear?
dont and
dent
impossible, difficult, easy to pronounce?

The [ã] is a vowel that sounds typically French to foreigners' ears. It is pronounced like the
sound [õ] in
"onze," [ɛ͂] in
"vingt," which is pronounced by exhaling out of the mouth and nose at the same time.
The [ã] sound is the nasal equivalent of [a], a deep sound as if it were coming from the centre of the body, where the plexus is located. The [ã] sound is generally written:
"an" : avance, manger, ordonnance
"en" : accident, dent, médicament, prendre, rendez-vous, urgences
"am" + b/p : chambre
"em" + b/p : remboursement
 
You can hear it in the following onomatopoeias:
"Vlan !"
"Pan!"
Start practising! The [ã] is a deep, non-labial sound, using moderate tension. You can practise pronouncing the [ã] by sounding out the consonants that are pronounced using the same area of the mouth:  

Syllables consonant - vowel

m[ã] - d[ã] - t[ã]

Syllables consonant - consonant - vowel

lm[ã] - fr[ã] - pr[ã]
tr[ã] - dm[ã]

Syllable consonant - vowel - consonant

s[ã]t - p[ã]s - m[ã]d
f[ã]s - s[ã]s - r[ã]t
t[ã]t - k[ã]t
 
If you tend to pronounce
[õ], think about the
[ã].
It's also easier to pronounce [ã]: - by not pushing the lips forward -with a rising intonation, question or exclamation - with the "s" and "t" consonants. You can imitate the examples: - when repeating the example, try saying it fast and slow, yelling and whispering it - try repeating in time with the example, as precisely as possible.

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