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Pronunciation: Stressing the last syllable

Écoutez les mots et cliquez sur la syllabe entendue qui a la plus longue durée (la syllabe forte). Consultez l'aide.
Listen to the words, and click on the syllable which lasts the longest (the stressed syllable). Use the help section.
Cliquez sur la ou les bonnes réponses Help on how to respond the exercice
nbOk correct item (s) selected
nbKo item (s) wrongly selected
nb item (s) still to be selected
Watch out !
Well done !
Conception: Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 04/08/2013 - Modified on 22/08/2017

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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