posted by michelle on .
for je vais, je fais, ils vont, ils font, they sound the same don't they? how can i tell the difference?
Salut, autre fois! (Hello, again)
Yes, they look alike and they may even sound alike to you at first.
aller = to go / je vais = I go, I DO go, I AM goING
faire = to do/to make / je fais = I'm making/doing, I DO make/do, I AM makING/doING
ils vont = they go, DO go, ARE goING
ils font = they do/make, DO do/make, ARE doING/Making
Listen VERY carefully to the "v" which is not voiced = your lips come together but the sound is so soft. versus je fais = the "f" is voiced or you hear ffffffh. Actually they do NOT sound the same, or should not.
P.S. Actually in "f" the vocal chords do NOT vibrate but in "v" they do.
P.P.S. Stand in front of a mirror and pronounce these 2 words like English. Look at your lips, note when the vocal chords vibrate or when they don't.
font (hear the fricative?)