“He entered and shot the door.”

2013-07-27Translation: « Il est entré et a tiré dans la porte.»

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.

Correct it:  Listen aggressively to notice the nuances between vowels.  For shot, drop your chin and hold the sound longer.  For shut, keep the sound short and raise the edges of your mouth (as if you’re smiling). Say “He entered and shut the door.

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Saying “I bought that for ten box.”

2013-09-14Really?  You didn’t pay with money?

Translation: « J’ai acheté ça pour dix boîte

Listen to the mistake:
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Listen to the correction:
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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.Facebook

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 “I bought that for ten bucks.

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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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Saying “I took the boss to work.”

ChauffeurReally? You’re his chauffeur?

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 boss, drop Teamyour chin and hold the sound longer.  For bus, keep the sound short and raise the edges of your mouth (as if you’re smiling). Say I took the bus to work. 

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