Ear Training

What does speaking with an accent mean? It is using the sounds of your mother tongue to express yourself in a foreign language. In other words it is like trying to do mechanics with inappropriate tools. In reality, the sound (and thus the pronunciation) of the same vowel or consonant always differs from one language to another. Therefore, my trained musical ear helps me educate my students ‘ ear, controlling their articulation, to make sure that the sounds produced correspond to the French standard accent. Gradually, these perfectly pronounced French sounds are added to the students ‘ auditory heritage.

Correspondence between spelling and pronunciation

French is not a phonetic language, it is an etymological language. Its oral form can be very far removed from the written form. But the spelling-pronunciation couple respects very constant rules. It is therefore quite possible to acquire a correct pronunciation of almost every word, thanks to my complete teaching of these correspondences. 

Articulation, Intonation and diction

The diction must be fluid and clear. Its quality will increase with the progress in articulation. It is necessary to know how to articulate a sound, but also to consciously master the process, which allows to switch from one phoneme to another (vowel or consonant). A correct intonation is just as important as a good pronunciation, to be understood. The intonation teacher must have special skills, because the intonation brings us very close to a singing lesson. If the intonation combinations vary from one language to another, they are fortunately not infinite, and work to train the ear will allow you to master these sounds like a true French person.