Missing p sound

BrianC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Missing p sound

Hi, I feel that the “p” sound is completely missing from “pour” in “pour l'infaillible soutien que vous nous avez montré ces dix derniers mois.”.


Is it missing? If so, is this an audio file error, or a genuine French way of speaking at the C1 level?

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Dear all,

Having listened to the passage, I hear the -p of 'pour' very clearly so don't think it requires a re-record.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Agree with Brian that it is not readily heard. I think it is 'lost' due to the editing at that point - it is there, but not clear. 

The 'p' in French usually sounds 'gentler/softer' (to me anyway) at the start of words, which seems to be because it is pronounced slightly differently. 

 https://www.lawlessfrench.com/pronunciation/p/

Missing p sound

Hi, I feel that the “p” sound is completely missing from “pour” in “pour l'infaillible soutien que vous nous avez montré ces dix derniers mois.”.


Is it missing? If so, is this an audio file error, or a genuine French way of speaking at the C1 level?

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