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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 04:31 AM
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French pronunciation HELP!

can anyone tell me how to pronounce au bon accueil?

am planning to have dinner there, but not sure how to say it..

thanks!
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 04:36 AM
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My accent is bad but I would try something like this.

Bon a coy

Now somebody will say I sound really bad.

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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 04:38 AM
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isn't it more like coo-eee (blended quickly together)?
I am assuming that the rest of the name is no problem
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 04:40 AM
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Hi
on this website write the sentence and find Alain or Juliette who will say it in French
http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php
(Copy the whole link)
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 04:44 AM
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Blackduff, soon I'll check if you can say it properly ;-)
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 04:56 AM
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What a great site.
Just for fun, I asked Mike (US) and Charles (UK) to say "Hairy Harry is to marry Merry Mary"
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 04:57 AM
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Coco
It's my Catalan accent.

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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 05:02 AM
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Bong awck kai

(nasal g)
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 05:02 AM
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Wow I'm looking forward to hearing it! :-?
And you don't laugh at my French accent please!
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 05:05 AM
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If you can say "oeil" (eye in French) just add "ac" before.
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 05:19 AM
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Cocofromdijon, what a GREAT site! Thanks.
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 05:43 AM
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Juliette's pronunciation is a little off. She pronounces the two 'cc's like an 's', should be more of a 'k'...as coco has said. "ah" + "k" + "oeuil"
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 05:51 AM
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The endings -euil, -euille, -ueil, and -ueille are roughly pronounced like German o umlaut with a y sound, like -oey; accueil will be akoey.
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 05:54 AM
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Go to this website: http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php. Under Step 1: scroll down to Alain or Juliette. Then in Step 2 type in what you want to have pronounced correctly and VOILA! You have it.
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 05:57 AM
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Miss Prism, I put your phrase in and asked the ladies to say it, too. Audrey +UK) said Mary as "Marie" or "Marais" (as in Paris).

Anjali (India) managed the UK differentiation between hairy and Harry that Claire (US - she sounds like a midwesterner) did not. Both of them gave "marrymerrymary" absolute equal, undifferentiated pronunciation.

I thought Charles (UK) gave it the BBC treatment.
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 05:57 AM
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I should have read all the posts first. I have been pre-empted. Isn't it a great sight. I type in all my destinations etc.
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 05:57 AM
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Juliette is a little tired today
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 06:15 AM
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Oh là là, ces Françaises, alors....!
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 06:23 AM
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Quoi les Françaises Patrick ?!
And stop making fun of Juliette, she said it perfectly well, just a bit fast and serious, I can hear no difference with what Alain said. Is that clear ? ;-)
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 02:52 PM
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How's: O bun ah kuh yeee? Looks like gibberish but may sound OK...try to slop the last two letter-groups together for better effect. Another trick: when learning to pronounce a challenging new word or phrase (when you have an idea of how it should sound, so this trick wouldn't have helped you here, but...), divide it into syllables, then begin from the back of the word, saying each syllable once, then adding the preceding one, repeating the two, then adding the next preceding one, etc. When you run out of syllables and have the whole word, you can say the word from the real start and it should come out OK (do this privately until you master the word b/c you really will sound like an idiot). Someone taught me this a long tome ago and I teach it to my students now and yes, they think I'm crazy until they do it and all of a sudden they can say the word.
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