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Truffe + Hardest words to pronounce in French

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What are the hardest French words to pronounce?

Longtime reader, Hampton, forwarded me an article from The Local listing Ten French Words You'll Never Pronounce Right, including mille-feuille, pneu, grenouille, and serrurerie.

Eep! Tell me about it!

Hampton suggested I get Jean-Marc or Jackie or Max to pronounce these tongue tricky words. But because my family is away at the moment, I thought you and I could make our own list, here, and then have our resident Francophones choose ten of them to record. Sound good? Are you chiche, or up for it? I am--I can't WAIT to know which words you find difficult to pronounce.

Allons-y! Lets go!
Tell us what are the hardest French words to pronounce. Click here.

As for me, I cannot for the life of me say the word TRUFFE. Don't believe it? Here goes: Download MP3 or Download Wav

Truffe! J'adore manger les truffes!
Truffles. I love to eat truffles!

(Did you hear Jean-Marc laughing in the background? "Pourquoi tu le prononce comme ça?" he says.) CLICK HERE to tell us which French words are hardest to pronounce. 


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The Little French Seamstress. Celebrating with my 17-year-old in Cassis, after she was accepted for a second internship (this one in Marseilles). Jackie will be apprenticing for a Tunisian-French woman who once sewed uniforms for the French military and now runs her own business from her tiny living room. Sales recently took off when same sex marriage became legal in France. "It's fun designing for grooms," she says. Should be a great experience for Jackie.

Knotted fig
Fig trees, olive trees, and umbrella pines, below. In the center, a stone cabanon; the new red door has many past lives: it floundered for a time at the junk store, then moved to a wall inside our house. Next it filled in a gap below our kitchen window. We then moved, taking the old red door (really a shutter) along with us to Bandol, where it found purpose as a gate on the dog run....only to become a foot bridge between unlevelled land. Last week we dusted it off and leaned it gently against the little stone cabanon. I think it finally found a home!

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