As previously mentioned, my Duolingo Coach thinks my pronunciation stinks. Sadly, it does.
Les voyelles (the vowels) are particularly tricky.
I read an explanation of how Americans tend to form vowel sounds in the back of the mouth, while the French form them in the front.
So let’s look at the short ā, like in cat. Instead of pronouncing it with mouth wide open like a Midwesterner at the dentist, move that ā to the front of the mouth. Maybe even stick a piece of cavity-causing candy in your back teeth.
It’s not really an ā at all. It’s more of an “ah” as in oo-la-la.
Try it. I did, and Duolingo actually gave me props.
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