5 Tips to Sound Better Speaking French – BigBong

5 Tips to Sound Better Speaking French – BigBong


How to sound better in French? Well, it’s very simple! Step 1: Try to make a fart sound using only your lips Step 2: Try to imitate Kayako from the horror movie the Grudge, but not as creepy If you haven’t watched the movie try to make the lowest voice you physically can It should sound something like… Step 3: Here are some interjections in French Oh bon bah Step 4: Here are some common French words Ouais voilà quoi And here we go! Hahaha I’m just kidding with you guys! Or am I? No but seriously, as requested by Sara Abbas and Namasté Amitié Today, we’ll go over 5 ways to improve your French pronunciation First of all, let’s ask ourselves is French really so difficult to pronounce? Well it depends! For German speakers, it might not feel as hard as it is for English speakers Because there are many similar sounds between German & French that don’t exist in English But don’t give up quite yet! Because with a little bit of motivation it’s absolutely possible! Now let’s see 5 of them in detail so that you can already sound much better after watching this video The 1st one is the letter R Did you notice how I said it? If you’ve seen French people speak you might have observed how their throat vibrates just like a cat in heat! How do we get there? Well, you know when you gargle after brushing your teeth? Let’s try to do the same but without any liquid in our mouth It should sound something like… pretty much like a running engine Now let’s read a few words with that in mind stone, resident, terrestrial Now I get that having a smooth R sound is pretty difficult And to be truly honest with you some French people can’t get to that point either What would also be correct is to pronounce it like a rough H It should something like rh Now let’s read the previous words again with that pronunciation stone, resident, terrestrial It’s perfectly fine! I suppose that was the most difficult part Moving on! Next is the letter U not to be mistaken with ou You’ve got to close your lips tighter like when you want to kiss but your lower lip should be closer to your lower teeth if that makes any sense… Let me do it a couple of times It’s very important not to get mixed up because it can completely change the meaning of the word or the sentence For instance, m’avez-vous vu ? M’avez-vous vu ? Have you seen me? “Vous” means “you” but “vu” means “seen” Tu prends tout ! You take everything! “Tu” is the singular form of “you” but “tout” means “everything” Now a pretty tricky one: au-dessus, en dessous Dessus, dessous “Dessus” means “top” whereas “dessous” means “bottom” So that can be pretty confusing in some situations if you know what I mean… Number 3 is E So basically, that shape of your mouth is the same as when you say ou but point it towards the ground Let me do that a couple of times for you Do you see the difference? Now that was the very proper way to say it If you’re a bit lazy, you can just open your mouth Ok here are a few words to practice fear, hair, game Number 4 is an/en That one shouldn’t be too complicated… Try to take the utmost British accent when saying the word France and you’ll get it In standard French, “en” & “an” are pronounced the same way Here are a few examples to dance, people, mommy Last but not least: on It’s sometimes the sound that Anglophones make when they want to mock the French accent Ron hon hon… It’s a very nasal sound! Everything is going to happen in the nose The shape of your lips is the same as when you say the letter O Here are a few examples long, world, living room So here we go, master all these letters and you’ll be sounding much more fluent in French! Well, the best thing to do to get used to it is to watch French people speak with each other and try to imitate them Otherwise, you may also go on WordReference to check out the proper pronunciation of all the words If a word has not been recorded there you may also go on Forvo where you’ll find all the words in the dictionary as well as some sentences to put them in context Feel free to share this video to anyone who’s interested in the language and if you’re a French teacher do not hesitate to share it with your students! All right, see you soon!

42 comments

  1. Je suis une libanaise, les francophone dans le Liban ne roule pas le "R", c'est très rare😂 mais l'accent est très belle😍👍🏼

  2. Merci pour tes conseils, très utiles :)) le "r" a la fin est assez facile à prononcer, par exemple peur… Mais les mots qui commencent par r sont toujours difficiles !!!!

  3. d'abord je devrais dire que vous enseignez vraiment la phonétique très bien
    en se concentrant sur la forme de la bouche, la lettre retentit et les points communs délicats entre eux étaient assez impressionnants malgré le fait que le français ne soit pas ma langue maternelle, j'apprécie de l'apprendre et de communiquer en français " nontheless watching your videos*-* " il ya une grande similitude entre le français et l'italien aussi peut-être bien plus que l'allemand à mon avis XD Ah aussi j'aimerais en savoir plus sur les proverbes français si ça vous va: ') de toute façon merci pour votre efforts senpai espère pour toi tout le meilleur and as we say in my language ( in bocca al lupo 😌 )

  4. You're pronouncing "e" like the German "ö" when actually they are two different sounds, cheveux is the best example of this. And "an" in French is different from the "an" in British English, in French it's nasalized but not in English, in Dutch too there's this "an" and if you listen to a Dutch speaker saying "ambulance" you'll hear a difference as they don't nasalize it. The "on" is not a nasalized version of "o", again if you take Dutch you can hear an unnasalized "on". The nasal vowels nowadays tend to become oral in French but French speakers don't realize it when they speak, to be quite honest I think the Parisian pronunciation is maybe the worst for a student to begin with, I'd advise the one from Tours which is considered the "standard" one and which is spoken almost the same way in North East of France

  5. I've recently started learning French and this will help me a lot. 🙂 Thank you very much, or if you prefer, merci beaucoup 🙂 By the way, I thought you were serious at the beginning 😂

  6. Thanks for that. I am a native German speaker, but find the French pronounciation still quite complex. Also, thanks a lot for the Grudge-related nightmares I will get now 😜 But as long as you don't use Sadako from the Ring movies as an example, I will be fine. Great video, looking forward to lots more French stuff. Are you planning any more Frajalican episodes, by the way?

  7. "It's going to be pretty confusing in some situations if you know what I mean *wink *wink" 😂😂😂 😂 Je ne sais pas si bêtacisme est un phénomène commun en toute l'Amerique Latine mais, au Mexique on prononce le "v" et le "b" comme "b". It can be problematic especially when you want to say "vite" and we end up pronouncing the not so appropriate bilabial version: "bite" 😂😂😂😂😂 you learn that the hard way XD

  8. Okay this video is more for English speaking people the German’s got “u”(written in German “ü”) and “e”= “ö” und also the “r”

  9. Thanks for the video, it's really helpful for new French learners, although I'm Arabic native so pronunciation is not a problem, because we have all the letters, in addition to having a basic pronunciation course in French, although my problem is in the grammar and how the verbs get inflected, the tenses and how to use them, God! I'm missing so many things in French. I'd really appreciate it if you keep this series, merci encore. Et un GRAND BRAVO!!!😉

  10. I just found your channel, it’s great so far, thank you for sharing such helpful energy on hand of a click! Gracias totales 🇲🇽 Merci beaucoup 😊

  11. I like learning French and in fact I im trying,I do have the motivation but it fades after I start learning and dedicating my time to it

  12. Bonjour, chapeau, mais vraiment. J'ai hâte de t'écouter parler un jour vietnamien. Ma langue maternelle.

  13. C’est assez difficile pour les Chinois de distinguer « p » et « b », pour ils sont tout à fait pareil 😂

  14. I'm fluent in Frensh as it's the second language in my country it seems so easy to me at least easier than german ! Lol

  15. I've been thinking about it for a while, why my pronunciation is still not there yet, and you've clarified how to vocalize the sounds needed to master the accent, thanks a lot Bong.

  16. Je ne savais pas que la langue française pourrait être aussi difficile à apprendre pour les étrangers. Mais à tous ceux qui sont encore en train de l'apprendre : Foncez ! Un jour vous parlerez cette langue couramment !!!

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