Getting started with French 3
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Getting started with French 3

4 Pronouncing the sound [R]

You will now look at the pronunciation of the sound [R] in French.

Activity 8

Part 1

Listen to the recording and choose the words in which the letter ‘r’ is sounded.

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Transcript

Rome – Paris – habiter – carrefour – droite – sortez – avenue – rue – théâtre – cours – toilettes – trois – aimer

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a. 

Rome


b. 

Paris


c. 

habiter


d. 

carrefour


e. 

droite


f. 

sortez


g. 

avenue


h. 

rue


i. 

théâtre


j. 

cours


k. 

toilettes


l. 

trois


m. 

aimer


The correct answers are a, b, d, e, f, h, i, j and l.

Discussion

You should have ticked: Rome, Paris, Carrefour, droite, sortez, rue, théâtre, cours and trois.

Part 2

Now listen to the recording below. You will practise the pronunciation of words containing a sounded ‘r’ (the sound [R]). Listen to each word and repeat in the gaps.

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tournez
droite
prenez
premier
carrefour
gare
cours
cathédrale
patinoire
tourisme
mairie
commissariat
près
rue
route
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You will have seen in this section quite a few words that contain an ‘r’-sound’: carrefour (twice), tournez, prenez, droite, and so on. The sound [ʀ] is pronounced at the back of the throat. To produce this sound, put the tip of your tongue against the back of your lower teeth. Vibrate your vocal cords (as if gargling) without moving your tongue. You might find it easier to start practising it with a vowel sound in front of it such as in the following words:

bar, mère, lire (to read), sœur, sur, pour, patinoire

Then move on to practise [ʀ] followed by a vowel sound, as in the following words:

rue, route, tourisme, mairie, riz, retour

And finally practise with the following words where the [ʀ] is preceded by a consonant:

près, prenez, très, trop, droite, cathédrale

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