Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Pronunciation: Stressing the last syllable

Écoutez et associez chaque groupe de mots au nombre de syllabes entendues (exemple : salsa = ti-ta = 2 syllabes).
Listen to each group of words and connect them to the number of syllables heard (i.e.: salsa = dee-dum = 2 syllables).

Glissez-déposez les éléments Help on how to respond the exercice
La salsa.
3 syllables (dee-dee-dum)
Danser la salsa.
5 syllables (dee-dee-dee-dee-dum)
Où danser la salsa ?
6 syllables (dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dum)
Je cherche où danser la salsa.
8 syllables (dee-dum // dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dum)
Je cherchais où danser la salsa.
9 syllables (dee-dee-dum // dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dum)
nbOk item (s) out of nb placed correctly
Watch out !
Well done!
Conception: Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 04/08/2013 - Modified on 25/10/2019
Jeune fille interviewée
« … Je cherchais où danser la salsa. Et j’ai découvert qu’il y a très peu de salsa qui se danse à Paris et beaucoup de tango. »

Interview with a young woman" ... I was looking for a place to dance salsa. And I found out that in Paris, people dance a lot of tango, and very little salsa."

Pronunciation / Stressing the last syllable

When speaking French, the inhale comes only at the end of an idea, or group of words. The strongest syllable in that group is the last syllable pronounced. It carries a stress. This syllable is denoted by how long it lasts. The other syllables all last the same amount of time / The other syllables are all the same length. Example:
intéressant (dee-dee-dee-dum)
Watch out, the stressed syllable does not coincide with the accent that appears in spelling. Example:
Le cinéma (dee-dee-dee-dum)
Note that in order to illustrate this discrepancy in the length of the exercises, the final syllable is pronounced "dum" while the other syllables are pronounced "dee," which is usually perceived as a shorter sound.

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