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Help with French, please--The French pronunciation thread

Posted: May 25th, 2012, 6:52 am
by lubee930
I am preparing to record Section 23 in "The Stones of Venice", and it includes a footnote (#67) with a little more French in it than I can manage. In fact, I would mangle it until laughable. Is there a possibility that someone could record the following two phrases for me so that I could insert them into the appropriate place in the footnote?

"les plus carnassiers, et proportion gardee avec leur taille, les plus cruels de l'ordre;"

"tout l'organisation de son cerveau annonce qu'il ne doit pas être dépourvu de la docilité qu'ils (les anciens) lui attribuaient."

I'm sorry to trouble someone about this. I usually try to scan the texts for language variations that I can't manage before claiming a section, but in this case, I didn't check the footnotes--! :oops:

Thanks for any assistance!

Re: Help with French, please--?

Posted: May 25th, 2012, 12:04 pm
by neckertb
There's almost always help on LV when you ask for it :D

There you go.
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/xx/lubeefrench.mp3

Re: Help with French, please--?

Posted: May 25th, 2012, 1:57 pm
by lubee930
Oh, thank you so much!! I truly did not expect a reply until possibly next week sometime. (Your French sounds so lovely to my American ears--I believe that you could make the telephone book sound romantic! :) )

And, by the way, at the end of my section, I will say "Recording by Lucretia B." And so shall I add "...and French by _____________"--and if so, what name shall I use for the attribution?

I truly appreciate your help with this. It would have ruined the recording had I attempted to do it myself, believe me!

Re: Help with French, please--?

Posted: May 25th, 2012, 2:05 pm
by neckertb
Well, you don't really need to say my name, really. But if you must, then it's Nadine Eckert-Boulet (good luck with pronouncing it :D). You could also just say neckertb (that's "neckert-B" at least in my head :D)
Is there any phone book that is PD? :wink:

Re: Help with French, please--?

Posted: May 25th, 2012, 2:28 pm
by lubee930
Oh, great--!! :roll: So, is that like "ek-ert (as it looks) boolay"--? Or "ek-air boolay"--? I'm sorry. I'm just hopeless on everything but plain-Jane American-ese, I guess. But my intention on giving you credit was meant as a thank you!! :)

Re: Help with French, please--?

Posted: May 26th, 2012, 2:54 am
by neckertb
lubee930 wrote: So, is that like "ek-ert (as it looks) boolay"--?
That's the way, yes. It is a tricky name, half German half French, no one knows how to pronounce it when they see it :D

Re: Help with French, please--The French pronunciation threa

Posted: June 27th, 2012, 3:14 pm
by bridgester
Help please! Forvo is a great help, but these phrases are a little too much for me to grasp using them.
A recording with these so that I can hear each phrase strung together would be a tremendous help.

M. Th. Bentzon (I don't know if this name is strictly French, but I don't know how "M. Th." should be said

Le Maïtre d'École de Flat Creek

diable m'emporte

L'Eglise des Raclées

Jim epelait vite comme l'eclair

Concours d'epellation

Je n'ai pas chassé ce lièvre-la

qui exprime la laideur choquante de l'enfant

cordelle (meaning to tow a boat by a rope carried along the shore)


Thank you in advance!

Re: Help with French, please--The French pronunciation threa

Posted: June 28th, 2012, 1:01 am
by neckertb
Hi!

I won't be able to do this before tomorrow evening, but if no one else comes before I will record it then.
:D

Re: Help with French, please--The French pronunciation threa

Posted: June 28th, 2012, 2:58 am
by bridgester
Hi Nadine, that will be fine. :)

Re: Help with French, please--The French pronunciation threa

Posted: June 29th, 2012, 6:12 am
by JohanLiebert
Hi!

I want to record the missing chapter of Les Miserables volume 3. However, there are french names (I think they're french) that I'm not sure how to pronounce. Here they are:

Courfeyrac
Gorbeau
sous <-- I know this isn't a name, but idk how to pronounce this too
Rue des Mathurins
Thenardier
Montfermeil
Chelles

Merci! :D (that at least I know how to pronounce!)

Re: Help with French, please--The French pronunciation threa

Posted: June 29th, 2012, 12:22 pm
by ezwa
Bridgester, Nadine, I went ahead (I hope it was not while you were busy doing it, Nadine):
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/ez/frenchforbridgester_20120629.mp3
I don't think Bentzon is a typical French name. But hey, I could be mistaken.


And here's for you, Johan: http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/ez/frenchforJohanLiebert_20120629.mp3

Re: Help with French, please--The French pronunciation threa

Posted: June 29th, 2012, 12:30 pm
by neckertb
Ezwa, thank you :D When I saw the notification I realized I had of course forgotten everything about it :oops:

I was busy, doing something completely different!

Re: Help with French, please--The French pronunciation threa

Posted: June 29th, 2012, 12:32 pm
by bridgester
Thanks a bunch, Ezwa!

Re: Help with French, please--The French pronunciation threa

Posted: June 29th, 2012, 6:20 pm
by JohanLiebert
Thank you very much Ezwa! :D

Re: Help with French, please--The French pronunciation threa

Posted: July 9th, 2012, 9:18 pm
by Lilith1966
Hello, if anyone has any time could they please help me out with the correct pronunciation of this little bit of French? :help:

"L'actrice la plus noble dans ses manières, Madame Siddons, ne perd rien de sa dignité quand elle se prosterne contre terre."

and

chef d'œuvre

Thanks,
Tara