Ever wondered how you can improve your French accent? The truth is, there are many different accents in French, depending on where you are in France or the rest of the world! But most non-native French speakers wish to sound more Parisian when conversing, as that’s what you’re most likely to hear on TV or the radio. In today’s lesson, I’m sharing some of my best tips to help you sound a little more Parisian when you speak French. I’ll touch on the differences between different French accents, share some pronunciation pointers, and show you how you can practice at home. Let’s go!
Take care and stay safe. 😘 from Grenoble, France.
There’s a benefit to being French-American besides citizenship: knowing how to do the perfect French, American, and French-American accent.
Actress and model Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of American actor Johnny Depp and French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, does an impeccable imitation of a French person trying to speak English, which she shows off to Vanity Fair in this video.
Depp, of course, offers a few tips for how to do a French accent while speaking English.
“Rs are distinctly very French,” is her first piece of advice, followed by “the Ws aren’t quite as articulated as the Rs or the Th [sound] are.” The video is full of example phrases, and even how to say them with different emotions.
The most important element to sound like a French person speaking English? “The French have a sound for their pauses which is just kind of ‘euhhh,’” she explains.