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Brian E.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Audio for WC

The audio for WC sounds like “VC” instead of “double VC”. Is this an error, or is it in fact how it is said in that context in France?

Asked 11 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Brian, 

This is the way a -w is often pronounced in France in words like WC, wagon, BMW, Wagner - 

VC, vagon, BMV, Vagner

particularly if they come from foreign lands.

Take a look at the following Wiki page for more info -

Annexe:Prononciation du W en français

 

 

Bonne Continuation !

Brian E.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Ahhhh, très intéressant - merci !

Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Brian - you can hear it via the links. 

A number of online dictionaries are good sites to check many standard pronunciations - in this case Larousse demonstrates WC as per the lesson, while on Robert it is pronounced as you expected, but with the familiar variant noted.

 https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/W_-C_/82744

 https://dictionnaire.lerobert.com/definition/wc

Audio for WC

The audio for WC sounds like “VC” instead of “double VC”. Is this an error, or is it in fact how it is said in that context in France?

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