French pronunciation – be careful with SH sounds

Video for this exercise.
The two steps to correcting your pronunciation are…

  1. notice that the word is NOT pronounced as you thought
  2. make the correct pronunciation automatic by saying it out loud a few times

Today’s lesson came to mind this weekend when I heard a fellow American pronounce the French word ‘dictionnaire’ with an SH sound. So, instead of pronouncing it as the French do, deek See oh naire, she said deek SHee oh naire.


Subscribers, this is from the Fleuriste interview. Original interview and slow-echoing version (like you hear in today’s exercise) are here… Une Fleuriste à Saint-Rémy de Provence

Dropped vowels in spoken French

Video Lesson Tip: to focus on a particular word, move the green bars closer together.

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More short French listening exercises

French listening exercise – renting a cottage in Provence

Tip: to focus on a particular word, move the green bars closer together.
Original :

Slowed-down 25%



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Seventeen seconds of spoken French

Tip: to focus on a particular word, move the green bars closer together.

So much to hear, so much to notice in 17 seconds of speech! I hope you enjoy this sample.

Subscribers – get the whole interview here: Laurence en Normandie

More short French listening exercises

Hearing ‘une’ in spoken French

Tip: to focus on a particular word, move the green bars closer together.

Subscribers – get the whole interview here: Laurence en Normandie

If you want some help working through this sample, here is a video.