Phonetics For Pronouncing 'Amour'?
A Quick Overview Of Amour
Speaking of love, you may be wondering how to say love in French.
Pronounce the ‘mour’ in ‘amour’ like the English word ‘moor’. The French roll the ‘r’, but if you haven’t practised it, it’s best just to say it the way you normally pronounce an ‘r’ in your own accent. If you speak Received English, the ‘r’ will be silent, and if you speak, say, American English, you roll it as usual. Dealing with the French ‘r’ in this way is far better than sounding pretentious or comical, both of which can happen if you aren’t well-practised in this sound which isn’t natural to English speakers at all.
If you want to be romantic you will want to know how to say my love in French. The answer is:
‘Mon’ means ‘my’ and you don’t normally pronounce the ‘n’, you nasalize it. When you say ‘mon amour’ you make a liaison between the ‘n’ and the ‘a’, and this causes the ‘n’ to be sounded as you would expect it to be in English.
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