Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Pronunciation: the sound "eu"

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Conception: Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 02/05/2013 - Modified on 10/12/2019
Premier extrait
Voix off

Il est 10h, Sylvia est en route pour son premier rendez-vous.
Deuxième extrait
Voix off
13h, l'heure du déjeuner, un repas pris sur le pouce, pas question de perdre du temps.

Troisième extrait
Voix off
Il est 14h, l'heure de la tournée des bureaux, Sylvia ne laisse rien au hasard.
First excerpt
Voice over

It's 10 o'clock and Sylvia is on the way to her first meeting.
Second excerpt
Voice over
1 o'clock, lunch time, a meal on the fly, there's no time to waste.

Third excerpt
Voice over
It's 2pm, time to do a walk-through of the entire office; Sylvia leaves nothing to chance.

Pronunciation / The sound “eu“

What do you think of French vowels? Are they: awful, normal, rather / really beautiful? You don't know?
Is the difference between:
deux heures and
douze heures
impossible, difficult, easy to hear?
Is the difference between:
deux heures and
douze heures
impossible, difficult, easy to pronounce?

In your opinion, which is the most beautiful vowel?
In your opinion, which vowel is the most awful?

Have you ever observed a French-speaker's lips as they speak? The [ø] is a typical French vowel: you pronounce it by pursing your lips, as if you were blowing the candles out on a birthday cake. Many French sounds are pronounced at the front of the mouth, lips rounded and pursed, and your tongue curled.
The sounds
[y] « tu »,
[ø] « deux »,
[œ] "neuf", are pronounced at the front of the mouth.

Some people, while learning French, find that it seems to be pronounced as if you were blowing kisses.
The sound [ø] is almost always written "eu".

You can hear it in the onomatopoeia
"euh…", which indicates that you are hesitating or trying to think of a word.

You can practise pronouncing the [ø] by sounding out the consonants that are pronounced using the same area of the mouth:

du - dø
pu - pø
fu - fø
ku - kø
mu - mø
fɛ - fø
dɛ - dø
kɛ - kø
mɛ - mø
pɛ - pø

Start practicing!
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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