Think in French – a great word to use: effectivement

From the FluentListener newsletter
Direct link for members : Interview: Chantal and Michel talk about renting a home in France.
At bottom of this email: video link to help with skuh (parce que) from the last newsletter.

Hello All!
Today, some pronunciation work and another baby-step on our way to sounding French: I want you to learn to use the word effectivement.

How to do it: repeat the words right after the speaker. I call this echoing. You are listening to and repeating every word, but with a 2-second delay. (You may have to turn up the volume in order to hear the recording at the same time you speak.)
Please repeat after the speaker 5, 10, or 15 times. While you repeat, think also about how closely you are matching the sounds made by the speaker.

Would it have been cool to also have the original to compare with the ‘slow-echoing’ version above?

VIDEO LESSON to help with ‘parce que / skuh’ from the last newsletter.
The original entry is here…
And the video lesson is here…

Best regards, David

4 thoughts on “Think in French – a great word to use: effectivement”

  1. David,
    Thanks so much for the loop feature in the newsletter. I can’t imagine a more perfect way to learn to recognize the sounds of French. I loop a phrase and listen to it over and over until it becomes familiar. I am 85 years old and since high school have never been able to understand the spoken language although I read fairly well. Thanks again for a wonderful way of learning to hear.
    Lawence E. Brown

    1. Hello Lawrence,
      Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed it. This was suggested by another subscriber who learned the technique from a class on transcribing classical music: he was taught to pause the sound right after difficult passages in the recording. He told me about it and then I found a developer who could make it work on a website. Glad you find it helpful!
      Best regards,

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