The sounds of a language
So just how much of how we hear differences in the way that French is pronounced is due to regional accents or just in how an individual might say certain sounds or words?
I am watching a few shows on Netflix in French and every now and then one of the actors (well dubbed voice) says something differently that what Fluenz shows as well as multiple youtube videos. The lack of a trilled / throat clearing sounding R is one example. Even on a simple word like "très" the R is extremely soft and barely makes a whimper while other voices nail it.
Then I run into the way various programs cover some of the vowel sounds with consistency across resources but then some words come in and violate the pronunciation guides. I cannot tell if this is due to regional differences or the way some individuals speak. A couple of examples - BON (sounds like a nasally BOHN) and Bonne (sounds like BUHN). I also run into people saying the vowel combo AU as more of a an O like in OBEY while someone else, even saying the same word, almost combines O from OBEY with OO from MOO. Could this also come from different speakers pursing their lips more or less than another native speaker?
So far, picking up things when the pronunciations vary is not troublesome but I would like to sound like I can speak it properly and not like someone with a slightly off way of speaking or some regional and not common accent taught me to speak. As noted above I use multiple sources for listening practice in addition to Fluenz. I am just not entirely sure on who to try to mirror when speaking.
Any tips? Maybe I a different type of media or a specific show or audio book in which the French pronunciations are closer to spot on?
Open Oct 25, 2017 - 03:42 AM
French, French > Culture