When you learn a new French word, it’s tempting to read it before you hear it pronounced.
Unfortunately, most French words sound nothing like the way they are written and reading them before hearing their pronunciation is a recipe for disaster because you’ll naturally pronounce French words the way you think they should be pronounced rather than the way they are actually pronounced.
This works if you’re a native speaker or already speak French fluently and have lots of experience with French pronunciation but not if you’re still a beginner or even an intermediate French learner.
That’s why it’s essential to always hear words before you see how they are written. In other words: learn with your ears, not with your eyes.
Here are a few free resources that’ll help you do that! [Read more…] about French Pronunciation Dictionaries Put to the Test: Which One Should You Use?