Nasal Sounds - n, p, s, t, v, z. Most final French...

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Nasal Sounds French nasal sounds occur when a vowel is followed by a single n or m in the same syllable, as shown in Table 1 . You must use your nose (which should vibrate a bit) and your mouth to make these sounds. TABLE 1 Nasal Sounds Nasal Sound an, en (am, em) like on with minor emphasis on n in, ain (im, aim) like an with minor emphasis on n ien like yan in yan kee with minor emphasis on n oin like wa in wa g on (om) like on in wr on g un (um) like un in un cle Keep in mind that the following combinations do not require nasalized vowel sounds: vowel + nn or mm: bonne (pronounced like bun in English) vowel + n or vowel + m: mine (pronounced like mean in English) Consonants The French consonants in Table 1 are pronounced the same as they are in English: b, d, f, k, l, m,
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Unformatted text preview: n, p, s, t, v, z. Most final French consonants remain unpronounced except for c, r, f, and l (think of the word ca re fu l). When in doubt, consult a good dictionary. TABL E 1 Consonant Sounds Consonant Sound c + a, o, u c as in car c + e, I s as in sent ch sh as in ma chine g + a, o, u; gu + e, i, y g as in go g + e, I; ge + a, o zh as in mea sure gn ny as in u nion j zh as in mea sure h always silent Consonant Sound q and qu k as in kind r no equivalent — the sound is gutteral and pronounced at the back of the throat as if gargling s between two vowels and the s in - sion z as in zero t in - tion s as in sea th t as in tea x (before vowel) eg as in l eg x (before consonant) xc as in e xcel...
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course FRE 1120 taught by Professor Celiaroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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