Say 'Cheveux, Chevaux'? Correctly
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In French the word for horse is *(m) cheval, and the word for a single hair is *(m) is 'cheveu'.
In the singular, it is easy enough for an English-speaker to distinguish these two words, but it becomes more difficult in the plural: 'horses' is 'chevaux', and 'hair' is cheveux'. The pronunciation of the endings is similar to the untrained ear, but in fact quite different. My friend's son is a hairdresser in Paris, and he has heard English-speakers come in and ask to 'have their horses done' on more than one occasion.
Hover over the phonetic spellings, and listen to the audio - with practice you are less likely to be a source of amusement to the French ;-)
Note that 'cheveu, cheveux' is pronounced identically in both the singular and plural forms. You are not so lucky with 'cheval, chevaux' which is why I've added the audio for the singular as well.
FYI, 'chevalier' means 'knight' in French - it comes from 'cheval'.