๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Here’s exactly how to pronounce the ten hardest French words

Today I’ve got a Frenchwoman who teaches French at French Today to teach me French pronunciation today.

Still following?

Good. Here comes Camille Chevalier-Karfis, the founder of theย French Todayย website, which teaches both traditional and modern French. She sets me straight on how to pronounce the following ten words.

(Plus we have a good old chat, with me in the studio and her at home in Paimpol, Brittany).

Here are the words:

Brouilly (a wine, and a place in France)

Reims (a place in France)

Caenย (a place in France)

Rouenย (a place in France)

Buouxย (a place in France)

Grenouille (a frog)

Serrurerie (a locksmiths)

Bouilloire (a kettle)

Ecureuil (a squirrel)

Vadrouille (a wander about)

Hang around for a story from Corey Frye, this time about language too. Book one of his tours here, and find more from Camille here.

Oh yes, and the movie Camille refers to is called La Grande Vadrouille, hereโ€™s the trailer.

Lastly, are you coming to my live event on December 13th in Paris? Please do – entry by donation! Can’t make it, but love the show? Why not donate anyway?

Want more Earful audio about the French language? Why not listen to our top episode ever – the 24 best French words.

Or the 19 worst French words…

Oh, and before I forget, if you’re looking for more from Camille, you can check out her downloadable audiobook “Secrets of French pronunciation“, which actually has a whole section on the “ill” sound we talked about in the show.

It includes explanations and repeat-after-me sentences such as “Ouille, aรฏe, jโ€™ai de la paille dans lโ€™ล“il”. (Ouch, ouch, I have some straw in my eye).ย 

Here are two more of her articles on pronunciation while we’re at it: Nine steps to improving your French accent, and How to understand spoken French.

Good luck!

2 thoughts on “๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Here’s exactly how to pronounce the ten hardest French words

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  1. This episode was both cute and enlightening! ๐Ÿ˜€ Camille is more than right in saying that we have another voice when speaking a foreign language, I notice it every time I utter English sentences! However, we still use the word you talk about; we can say “je pars en vadrouille” (I am going for a walk) or “je vais vadrouiller un peu” (which is the verb, meaning I am going to wander a bit). And above all, don’t despair. I have learn to speak English when I was 12, and there are still some words driving me mad because I cannot pronounce them properly!

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