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Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre Pronunciation
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre Pronunciation is really quite simple. For clarity I'm going to break it down into sections
Basilique, or even more correctly 'La Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmatre' means 'basilica' in English. French is not a stressed language, and the final 'ue' is silent, so phonetically basilique is bah/zee/leek
The difference between the pronunciation of 'de' and 'du' in French
When you pronounce 'du' in French, the closest English counterpart is 'dew' - thought the sound is shorter. 'Du' is a contraction. In French, when you want to say 'The Basilica of the Sacred Heart', the words 'of the' become contracted into du, because 'Coeur' is a masculine noun. You cannot say 'de le' in French, even though you can say 'de la'.
De, which refers to the location of the Basilica in Montmartre, which a 'quartier' or suburb of Paris is pronounced differently and the French ear will immediately recognize that these sounds, which are close, are also different. De is pronounced with the e sound a bit like the second 'e' in 'refer', but shorter. You can refer to the 'e' in 'de' as a neutral vowel, but this is never the case for 'du'. Phonetically 'de' can be written d[e]
Sacré-Coeur means 'Sacred Heart' and the link between the French and English words for 'sacred' is very clear. Pronounce the 'oeur' like one sound which rhymes with 'purr'. So phonetically Sacré-Coeur is sah/kray k[o]r
Montmartre is straightforward French pronunciation. The 'n' is nasalized and the 't' is silent in 'mont' (which means 'mount'). The 'r's are rolled - if you cannot get the French 'r' right, approximate with the 'r' from your own accent. Remember the final 'e' is silent.