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  • when a French person speaks English

  • they often have a French accent

  • but what does this actually mean?

  • in this video

  • I'm going to break down the features

  • that create a French accent in English

  • my reference speaker is going to be

  • Emmanuel Macron - the current French president

  • he speaks very good English

  • but you can still tell he sounds French

  • here are some reasons why

  • in English we use aspirated /p/ sounds

  • this means we add air to them

  • in French

  • /p/ sounds are not aspirated

  • this means words like "part" and "passport"

  • in a French accent become:

  • TH sounds are not common in the world's languages

  • and cause many problems for non-native English speakers

  • Emmanuel Macron replaces

  • the voiced TH with Z

  • and the voiceless TH with S

  • this means the words "that the" become

  • and the wordthanks" becomes

  • If someone knows they are

  • replacing TH sounds

  • with S or Z

  • they may start hypercorrecting

  • and turning every S and Z

  • into TH sounds

  • this means the wordcivilmay become

  • "series" becomes

  • and "strong" becomes

  • the French language does not have a /h/

  • an H sound

  • this means it's often not pronounced

  • when speaking English

  • so the wordhavebecomes

  • and the wordhistorybecomes

  • there may also be hypercorrection here

  • when a syllable begins with a vowel sound

  • a French speaker may insert an H sound

  • this is called intrusive H

  • so a word like "reaction" becomes

  • it's pretty challenging to work out

  • the pronunciation of an English word from the spelling

  • so a French speaker may use the French

  • letter-to-sound correspondence

  • to pronounce English words

  • the wordsotherandbudget

  • have the same vowel in my English accent

  • but for a French speaker

  • they may sound different

  • the wordsshipandsheep

  • have different vowel sounds in my accent

  • but when a French person

  • says the wordship

  • it may sound likesheep

  • the wordlookand my nameLuke

  • are pronounced with different vowel sounds

  • but for a French speaker

  • they may be pronounced with the same vowel sound

  • this means if a French person sayslook

  • it may sound like my nameLuke

  • word stress is really important in English

  • if you don't stress the right syllable

  • you may be misunderstood

  • the wordsideaandnegotiateare

  • stressed on the second syllable in my accent

  • but Emmanuel Macron stresses them on the first

  • the wordenergyis stressed

  • on the first syllable in my accent

  • but on the second syllable in his

  • these are just a few features which indicate a French accent in English

  • thanks for watching

  • and please share it with all of your French friends

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    Courtney Shih posted on 2020/02/25
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