Nasal Vowels - IN

AvasiesB1Kwiziq community member

Nasal Vowels - IN

 I've been pronouncing the nasal vowel "IN" as "EN" as pronounced in "souvent" this whole time. Is it eh(n)? If so is it pronounced that way in every scenario? 

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CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Avasies,

- Nasal vowels /ɛ̃/ (IN) can be written as follows: 

du pain = some bread  -  impossibleimpossible  -  aucun = none du vin some wine  -  ancien old  -  une ceinture = a belt

- Nasal vowels /ã/ (EN) can be written as follows: 

souvent = often un pantalon = a pair of trousers  -  le ventre = the belly  du jambon = some ham  - le centre the centre

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Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Avasies,

Go here     https://www.wordreference.com/fren/en

Insert "in" English word and click on the "loudspeaker" symbol  --  you will hear the pronunciation.

Then insert "en" French and repeat the above procedure to hear the pronunciation.

There is quite a distinct difference  --  try it   --  you will hear immediately what I mean.

Hope this helps.

Jim

Nasal Vowels - IN

 I've been pronouncing the nasal vowel "IN" as "EN" as pronounced in "souvent" this whole time. Is it eh(n)? If so is it pronounced that way in every scenario? 

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