How to pronounce GENRE

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The word genre comes from French along with its lovely and confusing spelling. Of course, it has only American sounds.
Now, people that are familiar with this word (hi, French speakers) or speakers of languages that borrow ‘genre’ from French may also have difficulties with saying this word. Why?

Because one of the hardest things, I think, is to get used to the English pronunciation of a word that you ALREADY HAVE in your language.

But hey, that’s what I’m here for.
How to pronounce ‘genre’.

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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 –

“genre” “genre”

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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4 Comments on “How to pronounce GENRE”

  1. The video is unintentionally hilarious, as she explains the correct pronunciation gzhan-ruh and repeats it several time before using the american version in a sentence “What is your favourite jon- raa?

  2. Dear :Hadar it’s a pleasure to hear you ,in the background there’s a picture like a pene I would like that you check it that,maybe is my imagination
    Thank you

  3. Thank you Hadar, I used to pronounce it as jenre. Can you please do a pronunciation video on “comfortable”, I’m used to pronouncing it as comfor-table.

    Thank you very much

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