Problèmes de la prononciation anglaise à la française

5 conseils de prononciation pour tout francophone souhaitant améliorer son accent anglais

Accent Reduction for French Speakers

5 English pronunciation tips for French speakers who want to improve their English accent:


1) How and When to Make R

  •  In French, the R is made with the back of the tongue moving upwards. In English, the tip of the tongue curls back in the mouth without touching the top of the mouth.
  • We only pronounce a R sound when there is a vowel sound after it: Really, Tree, Carry
  • We don’t pronounce a R sound when there is no vowel sound after it: CarLearn, Here – keep the back of the tongue down!


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2) H

  • Make sure you pronounce HHome, How, Head
  •  Don’t add an H when one isn’t there! (H)Are you going? I (H)always want to go. 
  •  Sometimes H is not pronounced in a word: honour, hour, honest


3) TH

  • This is made by putting the tip of the tongue by the back of the upper front teeth.
  •  Keep the tip of the tongue relaxed.
  •  Compare:
  • T – tin – thin
  • D – den – then
  • Ffin – thin
  • V – van – than


4) Word Stress

  • French tends to place equal stress on syllables. This means that longer words can be unclear.
  • Make the stressed syllables bigger!
  • unfortunately, conversation, apparently, understandably


5) The /i:/ sound in sheep and the /ɪ/ sound like in ship.

  • The /i:/ is long and the /ɪ/ is short.
  • The tongue is more tense for /i:/ and more relaxed for /ɪ/.
  • Compare: seat-sit, feet-fit, beat-bit


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