Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Lately, I have been struggling with trying to correctly decipher what I hear.
Les Français sur mon CD disent The French on my CD are saying :
Il a des sous. He has some coins / money.
Il l'a vue. He has seen her / He saw her.
Il s'est tu. He shut up (past tense).
Et j'entends And I hear :
Il a déçu... He disappointed....
Il avoue. He is confessing / confesses.
Il sait tout. He knows everything.
Test your hearing:
Not only do I have trouble figuring out when not to pronounce which letters- but my tongue insists on stubbornly sounding out everything anyway!
I know that when conjugating verbs that I should not pronounce "ent": I know "ils parlent" is pronounced "il parl" but I still end up saying "il parlehhnt" if I don't concentrate and literally bite my tongue. Heureusement, there is a proper time to pronounce the "ent" and sound super French - adverbs!
Not that I have been losing sleep over French pronunciation- but an article I stumbled on suggested all students of French may be losing weight. The headline screamed:
FRENCH DIET SECRETS REVEALED: SWALLOW CONSONANTS, FEEL FULL ALL DAY
And Elizabeth Morgan reports:
"The answer is swallowed consonants," said Dr. Eric Gross, professor of biology at Lester College in Flint. "We're finding that the pronunciation of these sounds can induce a feeling of satiety in French speakers, and can lead, over the long-term, to lower body weight."
"Obviously, the degree of weight-loss increases in language-immersion programs, like the Lester College Junior Year Abroad in Aix-en-Provence,"
Dr. Gross said.
Too good to be true?
Heuresement thankfully, happily
La photo: Daily offering to Hindu gods. À Ubud (Bali) en Indonésia.