Do you recognize these spoken French words? From “Buying Wine in France Track” 2 Lines 1 through 10.

Do you recognize these spoken French words? From "Buying Wine in France Track" 2 Lines 1 through 10.

Test your comprehension of this track.

How to say BEAUCOUP like a French person

Because of the way that the U and the OU sounds are taught, we native English speakers think that we already KNOW the OU sound, but we actually tend to pronounce it as the OO sound you hear in the English word ‘pool.’ Your French won’t sound right without the correct OU sound. If this was helpful, please let me know in the comments.

Thanks! -David

How to say MOURIR in French

Because we don’t have the OU sound in English, you probably can’t easily distinguish it from the OO sound that we have in the English word, ‘pool.’ Once you hear the difference between the two, it will be easier for you to try to make the correct French OU sound. Then, when you add the R, remember that the French R does not change the vowel sound of the vowel that it (the R) follows. So your OU needs to remain a pure OU sound, even though an R follows. So don’t say OUR as you would hear in the English word, ‘pour.’ Instead, make the OU sound and then add the R after it. Hope this video helps! Regards, David

How to say différent in French

Différent causes problems for native English speakers. What you’ll find is that, when you listen to French people speak, you hear the puff, you know it’s there, and you can even make the puffing sound during your oral gymnastics sessions.

The problem comes later, when you have a conversation with a French person: you don’t make the puffing sound. In other words, in the middle of a conversation with a French person, you realize that you just said, différent, but you know you didn’t make the puffing sound.

And that is how you know that you need to keep echoing, working on your oral gymnastics until the tongue and lip movements become second nature, so that you make them without even thinking about it.