I found the audio of "je viens d'Omaha" very difficult to understand and recognise "Omaha"

Nigel

Kwiziq community member

5 December 2018

3 replies

I found the audio of "je viens d'Omaha" very difficult to understand and recognise "Omaha"

This question relates to:
French lesson "Je viens de + [city] = I'm from + [city]"

Tom

Kwiziq community member

6 December 2018

6/12/18

Hi Nigel,

The audio sounds ok to my ear.

Perhaps you were expecting to hear the "h" sounded in the French version of Omaha?

"H" is always silent in French.

Hope this helps,

Tom

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

7 December 2018

7/12/18

Bonjour Nigel !

I've now replaced the sound file with a clearer one, but as Tom pointed out, the two "a" sounds are very thinly distinct in French because of the non-pronunciation of the "h". It's more like a long [a] sound :)

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

Nigel

Kwiziq community member

10 December 2018

10/12/18

Aurelie,

many thanks for that.  Yes, now I hear it as I expected that it would be said.  I relistened to the original recording several times before my post, and several times again after Tom's reply, and every time I found it really hard to recognise the recording as its text, despite knowing exactly what I was listening for.

I was not originally expecting to hear the h sounded, just some separation of the different elements of the word, which I can now hear.

Merci a vous!

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