Pronunciation Tools

Outils de prononciation

There’s no replacement for studying French pronunciation with a native speaker, but that’s not always in the cards (or budget). For students who are limited to studying on their own, there are a couple of good book-and-CD programs that can help you improve your French pronunciation (and listening skills).

Savoir Dire, by Diane Dansereau
This bundle is expensive, but short of taking private classes with a French tutor who specializes in accent reduction, using it regularly is just about the best thing you can do to greatly improve your French pronunciation. It includes in-depth analyses of each French letter and sound with corresponding listening exercises; a comparison of American English and French sounds; and explanations of French rhythm, silent letter patterns, and much more. French only, intermediate level and up.
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Pronounce It Perfectly in French, by Christopher Kendris, Ph.D. and Theodore Kendris Ph.D.
A more reasonably priced program suitable for lower levels. Focuses on vowel sounds, including nasals, as well as speaking, differentiating between similar sounds, and rhythm. French and English, upper-beginning level and up.
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