Similarities And Differences Between English And The French Language

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Compared to similarities, there are more differences exist between the English language and the French language, however. One of the clear contrasts between these two languages is the pronunciation. Although we mentioned the /ʃ/ and /ʒ/ similarities above, yet the pronunciation has more differences in the two languages. There are three main differences of this kind, and the first one is the /r/ and /ʁ/ pronunciation and the /h/ pronunciation. These two sounds are written in the same letter, R. In English, the letter R pronounces /r/, and its place of articulation is categorized as an alveolar sound, and the manner of articulation is categorized as a bunched liquid. On the contrary, letter R in French sounds /ʁ/, and it is a sound of voiced uvular fricative. The place and the manner of this sound is utterly different from the /r/ sound in…show more content…
According to the statistical chart provided in the essay “A Contrastive Analysis of French and American English”, English syllables generally end with a consonant, while French syllables usually end with a vowel with fifty-five percent in total. For English people, they may pronounce a French word with English syllable structure. For instance, the French word gris [gʁi] ends with a vowel; however, English people may pronounce it like [gʁis]. This is because most words in English end with a consonant, and English people may instinctively emit the consonant sound in the end of a French word. The analysis in the essay also indicates that the syllable structure difference between English and French may make French speaker having trouble pronounce English words that end with a consonant. For example, French people may pronounce the word distant [distənt] as [distã] or [distən]. French syllables usually end with a vowel, and therefore French people tend to skip to pronounce the consonant in the end when they face an English

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