Is the pronunciation of 'faisons'

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Rene

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26 December 2017

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Is the pronunciation of 'faisons'

irregular? It sounds like 'fesons' (the 'ai' is not pronounced as in 'il fait' or 'vous faites').

This relates to:
Conjugate faire in Le Présent (present tense) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

26 December 2017

26/12/17

The "ai" in "faisons" should be pronounced like the "ai" in "faites". You can go to the Google translator, choose French as the language and enter "faisons", then click on the litlle loudspeaker icon and hear it pronounced for you. -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Rene

Kwiziq community member

26 December 2017

26/12/17

Merci pour votre réponse, Claus. To me faisons sounds like fesons (not like fésons) I found this on a blog: The standard pronunciation of faisons is indeed [fəzɔ̃]... And this explanation at https://leconjugueur.lefigaro.fr/conjugaison/verbe/faire.html Règle du verbe faire: Même si on écrit, nous faisons, on le prononce comme nous fesons. So, I was wondering about such an unusual pronunciation.

Chris

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27 December 2017

27/12/17

Oui, tu as peut-être raison. Cettes différences sont difficile à partager par un message écrit. Quand je dis "faisons" de voix haute ça sonne plus comme f"é"sons. --Chris.

Kim

Kwiziq community member

27 December 2017

27/12/17

I find this link helpful https://www.thoughtco.com/faire-to-make-to-do-1371033. Here is a quote explaining a bit about the irregular pronunciation of faisons: If the nous form is more predictable, its pronunciation is not. Nous faisons is pronounced "feu zon," not "fay zon." Since the imperfect indicative is based on the nous form of the present, this irregular pronunciation carries throughout the imperfect: Il faisait = il feuzay

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

29 December 2017

29/12/17

Bonjour à tous !

So the answer is that faisons is a very weird case in French, as it is indeed pronounced "fesons".
The same particularity applies to all forms of faire in Imparfait, because, as you know, the Imparfait stem is based on the nous form of Présent indicatif:
nous faisons => je faisais... (je "fesais")
I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Nev

Kwiziq community member

29 December 2017

29/12/17

I bet this depends on where the person is from no? Check this out, on forvo, one prononciation sounding like "fesons" from France, another as you'd expect if "ai" were pronounced as it usually is, from Canada,... https://forvo.com/word/ll_faisait_froid/#fr

Nev

Kwiziq community member

29 December 2017

29/12/17

I meant to say "fesait" above. Since people pointed out that faisait/feson and other conjugations of faire share this pronunciation in French from France.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

4 January 2018

4/01/18

Bonjour Nev ! Yes, it does seem to be a difference of pronounciation between France and Québec here, as in France, you would definitely say [fesons] and [fesais] :)

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