Saying “Pierre is my friend. We’re bodies.”

Asian Covering FaceTranslation: « Pierre est mon ami. Nous sommes des corps.»

Cause of confusion: There is no short u sound in French.  It is often confused with a short o sound. Short o sounds like the sound you make when a doctor asks you to stick out your tongue. The short u sound is like in the word up. For more information, see O or U.

Correct it:  Listen aggressively to notice the nuances between vowels.  For body, drop your chin and hold the sound longer.  For buddy, keep the sound short and raise the edges of your mouth (as if you’re smiling). Say “Pierre is my friend.  We’re buddies.”
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