8-second French: hearing the French version of “at the same time”
Christophe Bonin has just explained that Ferdinand Cheval did not cheat his employer by working on his “Ideal Palace” during working hours. Anne-Sophie sums things up by asking if we can say that he was a good civil servant.
Oui, on peut dire… : Do you hear the on? Mister Bonin says oui and then bends the vowel to move into the on sound.
on peut dire que c’est un… : I would expect that you do not actually hear the que. Neither do I: if I focus only on the que and try to hear it, I don’t. However, I do hear dire que c’est un. I can’t explain why I cannot hear the que individually but do hear it in the sentence, other than by saying that I probably hear those words as a group. My ear is used to that sequence of sounds and to the que almost disappearing, depending upon the words that are nearby.