From the recording Bonjour Let's Learn French
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Bonjour! Here are the timings for the sections of the book:
page 2: Bonjour 1:36
page 4: Louis l'escargot 4:49
page 14: C'est a toi! 14:02
page 22: Coin de culture 29:09
page 26: Song 35:47
page 27: Faisons un dessin impressionniste 37:43
Since this section is mostly in English, you will hear only a list of English/French words. These words are on pages 29, 30 and 31.
This section is not in the book. The script for Pronunciation is below.
page 32: Les mots 45:40
Now that you are familiar with the words in the book, we're going to give you some tips on how to make your French pronunciation more French, using these words and expressions.
1.Let's begin with the French . It's a lot different from the r sound that we use in English. The French r is formed in your throat.
Let's take the French word for Garage: Garage. Say ga and keep your mouth in the same position, and say ra
rage. Don't move your lips. It's a little like when you gargle, but it's not as rough.
Let's practice with these words:
Thank you: merci
2.Here's a sound that we don't have in English: u as in a French word for you tu.
First, pucker up your lips like a fish, or like you were giving a kiss. Now say oo; as in do.
Keep your lips rounded, and without moving your lips, say eee back of your mouth.
Remember to keep your lips rounded and say ee in the back of your mouth without moving your lips.
With a little practice, you will do very well.
Try making the French sound for tooting a horn: tut, tut
Here some words to practice:
have fun: amuse-toi
3.There are lots of nasal sounds in French. They are not hard to pronounce. Usually they have a vowel (a e i o u) followed by an m or n. When you make the sound, some of the air goes through your nose. Nasal sounds sound great when you have a cold!
Start to say the English word song, but don't finish it! That's a nasal sound.
Now say: good: bon
good day, hello! bonjour!
Here are some words with nasal sounds:
The boy: le garcon
Very well: tres bien
The dog: le chien
There are many sounds that are different in French, but you've made a great beginning.
Merci beaucoup to Babeth Jarin-Scheiner, to Spring in Paris 02 by Pedro duvall/Pond5.com and to Tiki Studios, Glen Cove, N.Y for the audio version.