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French words you are pronouncing incorrectly

PUBLISHED: 15:32 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 17:36 23 January 2017

How to pronounce squirrel in French © Thinkstock

How to pronounce squirrel in French © Thinkstock

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We hate to break it to you but you’ve been saying ‘kettle’, ‘water’ and ‘bird’ incorrectly all this time… Here is how to say those tricky French words that you have been finding difficult to pronounce (and a few you didn’t even know you were getting wrong)

Écureuil

Meaning: Squirrel

Incorrect pronunciation: [Eh-koo-rul]

Correct pronunciation: [Eh-koo-roy]

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Chevreuil

Meaning: Deer

Incorrect pronunciation: [Shev-re-ul]

Correct pronunciation: [Shev-roy]

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Pneu

Meaning: Tyre

Incorrect pronunciation: [Puh-new]

Correct pronunciation: [Pa-nuh]

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Grenouille

Meaning: Frog

Incorrect pronunciation: [Gruh-nweel]

Correct pronunciation: [Gruh-nwee]

How to say kettle in French © Thinkstockphotos How to say kettle in French © Thinkstockphotos

Bouilloire

Meaning: Kettle

Incorrect pronunciation: [Boil-loire]

Correct pronunciation: [Bwee-wah]

How to say water in French © Thinkstockphotos How to say water in French © Thinkstockphotos

L’eau

Meaning: Water

Incorrect pronunciation: [Lee-oh]

Correct pronunciation: [Low]

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Fauteuil

Meaning: Armchair

Incorrect pronunciation: [Foh-te-ul]

Correct pronunciation: [Foh-toy]

How to say leaf in French © Thinkstockphotos How to say leaf in French © Thinkstockphotos

Feuille

Meaning: Leaf

Incorrect pronunciation: [Fuh-ill]

Correct pronunciation: [Fuh-ee]

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Papillon

Meaning: Butterfly

Incorrect pronunciation: [Pa-pillon]

Correct pronunciation: [Pa-pee-on]

How to say bracelet in French © Thinkstockphotos How to say bracelet in French © Thinkstockphotos

Bracelet

Meaning: Bracelet

Incorrect pronunciation: [Brace-lay]

Correct pronunciation: [Bras-lay]

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Agneau

Meaning: Lamb

Incorrect pronunciation: [Ag-nee-oh]

Correct pronunciation: [An-nyoh]

How to say bird in French © Thinkstockphotos How to say bird in French © Thinkstockphotos

Oiseau

Meaning: Bird

Incorrect pronunciation: [Oyz-ee-oh]

Correct pronunciation: [Waz-oh]

How to say train carriage in French © Thinkstockphotos How to say train carriage in French © Thinkstockphotos

Wagon

Meaning: Train carriage

Incorrect pronunciation: [Wah-gon]

Correct pronunciation: [Va-gon]

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