This tutorial presents an overview of the rules of European/metropolitan French pronunciation, focusing on the vowels, consonants, stress, and intonation patterns that are different from American English. For more practice with comprehension and pronunciation, please check the listening and repetition exercises.
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Intonation in French is slightly different from English. In general, the intonation rises only for a yes/no question, and the rest of the time, the intonation falls. French intonation starts at a higher pitch and falls continuously throughout the sentence, whereas in English, the stressed syllable has a higher pitch that what precedes and follows it.
Listen to these sentences in English and French and see if you can hear the difference in intonation. Bold marks the higher pitch. Notice that even if the intonation pattern seems similar, the syllables with higher pitches are often in different locations. The numbers below refer to the pitch: 1) low, 2) medium, 3) high, 4) extra high.
English Intonation vs. French Intonation
|Yes/No Question||Are you leaving?||2 - 3||Est-ce que vous partez ?||2 - 3|
|Information Question||Where are you going?||2 - 3 - 1||Où est-ce que vous allez ?||4 - 2 - 1|
|Imperative||Do it. / Don't do it.||(2) - 3 - 1||Fais-le. / Ne le fais pas.||4 - 2 - 1|
|Exclamation||What a surprise!||2 - 3 - 1||Quelle surprise !||4 - 2 - 1|
|Declarative||I bought a dress.||2 - 3 - 1||J'ai acheté une robe.||3 - 2 - 1|
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