Posts Tagged 'French Pronunciation'

How to pronounce French spirits and liqueurs

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French spirits and liqueurs are mispronounced as much as any other French words. Just because something is popular, doesn’t mean that the  pronunciation doing the rounds is automatically correct. Very often, the mispronunciation gains more of a foothold than it should, and you will have people correcting moi 8-O no less when I say it correctly. To be fair, the names of wines and spirits don’t always follow ...

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10 things you must know about champagne

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What do you know about champagne, other than its bubbly, expensive and signals glamour and good times, and possibly, for those who do not know their limits, bad behaviour and a hangover…? Doesn’t everyone know what champagne is? The short answer is ‘no’, and the long answer is ‘noo’. I have heard otherwise perfectly well-educated people say the stupidest things about champagne. It is better to keep your mouth shut and let people suspect you ...

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Coup de grâce

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. People who have a smattering of French are very mindful of the fact that in this language the final letter of words is usually not pronounced. They forget a small detail – if that final letter is a consonant (any letter except a, e, i, o and u) and it is followed by an ‘e’, then it most certainly is pronounced. ...

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Did Madame want the Poison, or a poisson?

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Not a fragrance – but fishy and poisonous!

Fish and Fragrance? Not a combination that readily springs to mind. The only aroma associated with fish is decidedly not fragrant, unless you are refined enough to  think about a “Bouillabaisse”or a delicate fish stew spiked with saffron. But just ‘fish’? I don’t think so. By now, I’m sure you are wondering what on earth this has to do with ...

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