Please spell them out for me, and not link to videos, sound clips, or Google Translate. Please spell them out like in this example…
Bake = Bayk, the « ba » in « bake » rhymes with the word « bay », and the « ke » in « bake » is just the usual, pronounced « k » sound.
That is a very detailed and easy way for me to understand and remember the pronunciation of words, especially in a different language. It is very important for me to figure this out. Here are the words that I need to figure out how to pronounce…
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me.
Demandé par: user8611261
Rather than let the comment thread get too messy, I’ll offer an answer, though I’m also going to suggest that it’s off-topic.
What people are saying is right: French has different sounds than English, even the ones that are spelled the same. If you learn a French word by reference to English sounds, it won’t be French.
So understandably you’ve tried to master those sounds using advice like « more like th than d« . I can see how that might be useful, in that you might end up pronouncing d with the tongue touching the back of the teeth where it should be. The end goal is fine.
But instead of wondering « What would a d sound like if it were more like a th? », two common approaches for self-study are either to listen to the French sound over and over and repeat it back till it sounds the same, possibly by recording yourself and playing it back — or else learn the technical names for things, in this case a « dental stop ».
The advantage of these approaches is that you have a reference point and a model, and also, once you’ve learned how to make that sound you don’t need a new word explained from scratch.
However, if you want a shortcut and aren’t interested in mastering the French sounds, I suggest starting from an English word and tweaking it instead of going sound by sound. Here, I’d start with bared with an m: « mared ». Easy enough. If you want to improve the accuracy, try for the back-of-the-throat French r (for which there’s no English equivalent, by the way); the d with the tongue touching the back of the teeth; and a little puff of air after the d for extra emphasis, not required.
At the end of the day it depends how accurate you want to get. If you want a quick and easy version based on English, say « mared ». If you want an accurate pronunciation, take the time to learn the accent or the system rather than, to make an analogy, buying flea market knockoffs. 🙂