Awkward Moment1Really? How many docks did they bring home?

Translation: « Les gars sont allés à la chasse au quai.»

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.Free Star

Correct it:  Listen aggressively to notice the nuances between vowels.  For dock, drop your chin and hold the sound longer.  For duck, keep the sound short and raise the edges of your mouth (as if you’re smiling). Say “The guys went duck hunting.”

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Saying “The guys went dock hunting.”
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Saying “The guys went dock hunting.”