Pronunciation of "ben"

DanC1Kwiziq community member

Pronunciation of "ben"

Admittedly, I'm more used to Québécois French, but the recording contains what has to be one of the oddest pronunciations of "ben" I have heard. I expect it to rhyme with "hein" or "en", but I swear the recording is closer to "bamme" than anything else. 

Am I missing something, or has my ear glitched? Please let me know. 

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Dan, 

I see what you mean, it certainly has a bit of 'Mediterranean' pronunciation to it but it didn't shock me.

When you record something you are concentrating on so many things that this can happen.

In the région parisienne,

ben ( forme populaire de 'bien') 

would be pronounced like

'hein !' pain, main etc.

It is pronounced like 'en' as you suggest in words borrowed from Latin or Greek like

agenda, examen, benzine, placenta 

But 'en' will be pronounced differently in -

en allant en Angleterre 

 

Let's see what other users say -

 

Pronunciation of "ben"

Admittedly, I'm more used to Québécois French, but the recording contains what has to be one of the oddest pronunciations of "ben" I have heard. I expect it to rhyme with "hein" or "en", but I swear the recording is closer to "bamme" than anything else. 

Am I missing something, or has my ear glitched? Please let me know. 

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