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 22/08/2017

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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