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French pronunciation: The French 'R' Trick

French pronunciation: The French 'R' Trick

David Tolman

The French 'R' is famously difficult, but it doesn't have to be that way.

I spent a couple of years struggling with it before discovering a nifty little exercise I call, "The French 'R' Trick."

Have a listen and you'll be saying "chirurgie," and "marguerite" in no time...

1. Download the list of words you'll learn

2. Download the mp3 recording

Can't hear the recording? Right click on the blue link and you'll see this:

Save Target As...

(If "Save Target As...," is greyed-out, see this help article at Microsoft:

If you have a Mac, hold down the Control key while clicking.

Then this:

Where to...

Progress indicator tells you the recording is downloading:

Progress bar...

To listen...:

Sometimes you'll see an "Open" button. If so, click on it to listen.

Navigate to the place where you saved the recording and double-click on it. It should start playing.

If the recording won't play, you need to remind your computer how to play an mp3.