American English Pronunciation Problems for French Speakers

Like many people around the world… I love the sound of the French language and I wish that I could speak it better!

Over the years I’ve worked with many French people on their American English pronunciation. Here is one common problem that I’ve noticed.

One difference between American English pronunciation and French is that in English we always pronounce s at the end of a word. French students learning English often forget to say that sound.

You must pronounce word final s when you are speaking English. Failure to do so will cause you to make both a pronunciation and a grammatical mistake!

Keep in mind that word final s has three different sounds in spoken English. These are: /s/ as in pets, /z/ as in kids, and /əz/ as in bunches.

Click here to learn more about about how to pronounce the s sound in American English.

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