Today I’ve got a Frenchwoman who teaches French at French Today to teach me French pronunciation today.
Good. Here comes Camille Chevalier-Karfis, the founder of the French Today 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)
Caen (a place in France)
Rouen (a place in France)
Buoux (a place in France)
Grenouille (a frog)
Serrurerie (a locksmiths)
Bouilloire (a kettle)
Ecureuil (a squirrel)
Vadrouille (a wander about)
Oh yes, and the movie Camille refers to is called La Grande Vadrouille, here’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, aïe, j’ai de la paille dans l’œil”. (Ouch, ouch, I have some straw in my eye).