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    Quote Originally Posted by lastplaneout View Post
    The town I grew up in was filled with the descendants of French-Canadian mill workers. We had lots of Lajoie families in town - all of them pronounced it "Luh-joy." Similarly, all of the Lacroix families were "Luh-croy" and the Letendre families were "Luh-town." All of this probably destroyed any hope of my learning French.
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    I used to work with a girl whose family name was pointedly pronounced "Shev-uh-leer."

    I guess I can't judge, I feel too pretentious ordering a "cwah-souw" and just intentionally butcher it "cross-aunt" so as not to stand out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UngratefulDead View Post
    I used to work with a girl whose family name was pointedly pronounced "Shev-uh-leer."

    I guess I can't judge, I feel too pretentious ordering a "cwah-souw" and just intentionally butcher it "cross-aunt" so as not to stand out.
    If you ordered a “cwah-souw” in Paris, I guarantee you would not get a croissant.
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    I don't even try with French, man. French pisses me off. After a few days in Montreal, I was getting annoyed by subway stop announcements. Say your damn letters properly. I have no idea how any of this should be pronounced so I'm gonna go out of my way to say it in an exaggerated American accent. OW EST LA BIBLEEOTHECKWE?
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    Just remember not to pronounce the last syllable of every word with more than one and you’re fine.
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    I had a girlfriend in college who was fluent in French (and English and Spanish, and also conversant in Portuguese) and she said the key to speaking French was to mumble and not allow for any separation between words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ill16ca View Post
    If you ordered a “cwah-souw” in Paris, I guarantee you would not get a croissant.
    TMYK - and for some reason the first page result that explained the actual pronunciation heavily features current Spiderman Tom Holland.

    I'm gonna keep pronouncing it wrong though, now not because I fear seeming pretentious but just because people wouldn't even know what I was ordering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ill16ca View Post
    If you ordered a “cwah-souw” in Paris, I guarantee you would not get a croissant.
    Most Americans cannot make an R with the back of their tongues. I can say "rouge" and convince myself (if not a Frenchman) that I've got it close to correct. I can say "ordinaire" and feel like I've got a bead on it but there's way too much R there, it's almost gutteral. Not the fun delicate little Rs a native speaker or talented linguist can make.



    I hear something like "cwa-saun" with a diminished N. I turned the volume up really loud, I can't hear the R as anything but a W.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixto View Post
    Most Americans cannot make an R with the back of their tongues. I can say "rouge" and convince myself (if not a Frenchman) that I've got it close to correct. I can say "ordinaire" and feel like I've got a bead on it but there's way too much R there, it's almost gutteral. Not the fun delicate little Rs a native speaker or talented linguist can make.



    I hear something like "cwa-saun" with a diminished N. I turned the volume up really loud, I can't hear the R as anything but a W.
    That video obviously gives you the right pronunciation, albeit in France-French. France-French just sounds pretentious and they're not even trying.

    I totally get the trouble with soft Rs; it's often the first thing that will give me away as a non-native speaker. But I don't have an issue with not hearing the R in "croissant". It never even occurred to me until now that someone might not be able to tell the difference between the pronunciations of "croix" and "quoi". It may be partially a matter of accent or linguistic laziness if the guttural R is more or less audible, but it's there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixto View Post
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