French For Beginners
par Olivier Malet

 

Chapter Six

 

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28

 

 

 

II. CONSONANTS

Consonants do not differ dramatically in French and in English.

Pronunciation differences: The French difference is based on voiced as opposed to unvoiced consonants. The English (and Cantonese) difference is based on aspiration.

English English English
Kate Skate Gate
  French French
Aspirated Unaspirated Unaspirated
Unvoiced Unvoiced Voiced
P’ P B
T’ T D
K’ K (QU) G (GU)
  F V
  S, Ç Z, S (in between vowels)
  CH J

Note :

  • Cantonese does not differentiate between unvoiced & voiced consonants
  • Beware of the letter J pronounced as in the word MEASURE (as opposed to MAJOR )
  • L (ONLY ONE ARTICULATION IN FRENCH) LOOK NOT COOL
  • R EXISTS IN CANTONESE BUT NOT IN ENGLISH
  • M, N SIMILAR TO ENGLISH

> SELECT THE WORD YOU HEAR :

 1. PAS - BAS

2. TOUT - DOUX

3. FOU - VOUS

4. CAS - GARS

5. COU - GOÛT

6. CHOU - JOUE

 

ANSWERS: You should have selected the following words : pas, tout, vous, cas, goût, chou

 

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