8-second French listening exercise Laurence3a




Laurence is talking about her time in New York. Join and listen to the whole interview here: Laurence talks about her time in New York and her life back home in Normandy.

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4 thoughts on “8-second French listening exercise Laurence3a”

  1. Regarding “était quelque chose de”, the final “e” in “quelque” is not pronounced, so the pronunciation is rather like “était quelk chose de”. Further, the “k” sound in the imaginary word “quelk” is formed in the back of the mouth, but is not actually enunciated. However, there is a tiny break in the air flow so “quelk chose” is different than “quelle chose de”. Maybe this helps.

  2. Regarding hearing the “d” in “de”: the “e” in “de” is not sounded, so one forms the “d” by touching the tongue to the top of the mouth, but there is no actual enunciation of the “d” sound; one proceeds directly to the word “contact”. “simples de contact” has only 4 syllables, rather like saying “simpled-contact” or “simplet-contact”. For contrast and to hear the effect of the “d”, one could try saying “simple-contact”. This is also a four-syllable group, but the tongue does not touch the top of the mouth between the two words.

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