: Click each one of the colors of our sentence below.
Sounds. Sounds are what you produce when you speak to other human beings.
To produce our sentence above, you need to produce a series of 18 sounds.
And by speaking French in general, you will always produce the same 44 sounds to be understood by other French Speakers.
The French Sound System, famous for being difficult, is actually easily masterable because of its finiteness, because it is only made of 44 sounds.
As a new French Speaker, it is imperative that you take responsability and great care of your pronunciation.
You cannot delegate this responsability to your listener by only relying on the meaning of what you say.
The meaning of what you say can be understandable by your listener. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your pronunciation is correct and pleasant to hear.
If you want to properly be understood by your listener and also be perceived as an elegant man or an elegant woman, you MUST take care of your pronunciation.
Fortunately, a great teacher of languages and mathematics named Caleb Gattegno, has invented a marvellous tool for you to master language pronunciation.
I use it all the time with my students.
At first invented for english language, French teachers from the association Une éducation pour demain have adapted this tool to French language.
I have also adapted this tool for online learning by adding clickable sounds to it. This way, you will always be able to train for French pronunciation at home whenever you need it.
Let’s have a look at this cool tool and do the following exercises.
Exercise n°2 : Click the chart below and train your ears to distinguish each and every French sounds. The 44 French sounds are all there. Not a single one is missing.
Amazing, right? As you can see, one color equals to one sound. This chart also compiles each and every ways to write each sound of French. But this will be for another in depth lesson about French pronunciation.