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  2.2.1.3 Nasal o

The following graphemes indicate a nasal o: on / om

on
on = passive subject  
son = sound  
plonger = to dive  
montrer = to show  
non = no
oncle = uncle  
fond = ground  
(ils) font = (they) do  
om
plomb = lead  
ombre = shadow  

As we mentioned previously, this does not apply when on / om is follwed by a vowel or another m or n. When that occurs, om /on is pronounced with an open o.

Examples
  sonner = to sound  
  somme = sum  
  téléfone = telephone  
  vomir = to vomit  
  pomme = apple  

In the phonetic script a nasal sound is marked with a tilde ~ above the vowel.

Comparison  
  o om / on
 
 

When trying to produce a nasal vowel, try first to voice a normal vowel and to then change it into a nasal sound. We are of the opinion that it is not impossible to learn a new sound, even though it might not be used in one's mother tongue.

Try to repeat the following:

 
              

Try to pronounce the following word couples. The only difference in them is that one has a nasal o and the other one does not.

  bateau bâton
both together
  ship stick
  seau son
both together
  bucket sound
  eau on
both together
  water passive subject





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