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’s an online course and a couple of good book-and-CD programs that can help you improve your French pronunciation.

The 38 Elemental Sounds of French, by Idahosa Ness
Online video series of webinars will help you improve your French pronunciation and listening comprehension with 6 hours of lectures – an interesting and useful way to drastically improve your French pronunciation. English explanations, suitable for all levels.
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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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