Here comes Camille Chevalier-Karfis, the founder of the French Today website, which teaches both traditional and modern French. On this podcast she walks me through how to pronounce the ten toughest French 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)
This was Camille’s first appearance on The Earful Tower, recorded in December 2017. To hear her more recent episode on how to improve your French, click here).
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).