Hi guys, it’s Hadar and this is The
Accents Way – your way to finding clarity,
confidence and freedom in English. Judy
asked me to explain how to pronounce the
word ‘genre’. Genre. Now, this word is
derived from French. Now in French you
pronounce this word as one syllable.
Something like this –
Sorry French speakers, I’m not a
French speaker. So I guess it’s somewhat
close but it’s not like how you
pronounce it in American English,
although it’s the same spelling. All
right. So a lot of non-native speakers
still try to make it like the French
pronunciation “genre” okay, and no. You have
to remember that it’s two syllables. So
the first syllable is “jaan”. It’s
a ‘zh’ sound, then the ‘ah’ as in “father” and
then an ‘N’ sound – “jaan”. The second
syllable is an ‘R’ sound
and a schwa – “ruh” “ruh”. So basically it’s
just like you’re making an ‘R’ sound and
you forget to stop speaking – “ruh” “ruh”.
Okay, so it’s “jaan-ruh” – ‘genre’. Genre. What’s your favorite
genre? Genre. Alright? Good!
I know it’s not the most common word but
I know that a lot of speakers get stuck when they say this word
because they just don’t know how to use
it so they don’t use it and then they
don’t talk about sophisticated things
like different literary genres. Alright?
So, there you go! I hope this solves your
Okay, so practice this word and try to
use this word this week somehow,
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