Dear language learners,
Welcome to the French Pronunciation Training Module. Here, you will be working on vowel backness. You will have an opportunity to see the contrast between words containing /i/, /y/, and /u/.
For a better understanding, open this IPA vowel chart in a separate browser to observe the correct height and backness: https://enunciate.arts.ubc.ca/linguistics/world-sounds/vowels/
Each module has the following for each word:
- Video of a native speaker pronouncing a word
- A freeze frame which allows you to observe and replicate the tongue position
- The word written French
- The word written in IPA
- The word written in English
- An image for visual cues
The modules will start with the vowel the frontmost vowel, followed by vowels that extend further back in order. Therefore, your first module will be /i/, followed by /y/, and concluded by /u/. All of these vowels are high vowels.
Please begin by watching the video at the bottom of this page for some information on basics of pronunciation.