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Many students who learn French guess their way through the accents and never really take them seriously. In today’s lesson I’ll answer a very specific question: “How do you pronounce the è with the downward slanting grave accent?”. We have great audio and by the end of the lesson you’ll never have to guess again! …

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Many times over the years students have asked me, “How do the French pronounce names of American cities?” In today’s lesson we’ll answer that question. To do this, I had Marie, our native speaker voice over artist, think of how a typical French person would pronounce the names of seven major cities. Then, I came …

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Today’s Word of the Day lesson won’t just focus on one single word but 25 words! In particular, we’ll look at the 25 most difficult French words to pronounce. Have you ever struggled with words that seem almost impossible to say such as écureuil (squirrel) or accueil (reception, front desk)? Then this lesson is just …

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In today’s lesson, we’ll have a good look at how to pronounce the eu sound in French words. In most instances, eu sounds like “uh” as in un peu (a little). However, there is an instance where the pronunciation changes. Keep reading and we’ll explain with audio example sentences. eu sound in French /uh/ [ø]

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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