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Louis? C'est lui (was: Russian orthography (was: A perfect day ...))

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Friday, February 4, 2000, 11:23
At 22:30 03/02/00 +0100, you wrote:
> >Why "of course". We anglophone are supposed to be even worse at 'foreign' >sounds, but I have no difficult in pronouncing 'lui' & 'Louis' differently. >The semivowels are, to be sure, both rounded, but one is made at the front >of the mouth, the other at the back. The two words don't sound the same to >me - and, of course, aren't the same. >
Then you are an exception (how long did it take to you to learn to master this sound), as AFAIK, this semi-vowel is the most difficult sound to master for foreign people trying to learn French (I saw a programme about Phil Collins learning to sing the songs of Tarzan - The Disney movie - in French - phonetically of course -. It was Eric Serra - the music of the Fifth Element and all the other movies of Luc Besson - who learnt him, and he said that the most difficult part was to make Phil Collins pronounce the 'u' in 'lui' correctly). But of course, after a while you learn to make the difference. Christophe Grandsire |Sela Jemufan Atlinan C.G. "Reality is just another point of view." homepage :