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Ray Jankowski
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Ok....

My grandfather died and I am gonna deliver the eulogy this Saturday. He was from France so the very end of the speech, I want to say 'we love you' in french. The translation I got is 'Nous vous aimons'. What I need to know is how excactly do I pronouce this? Any french speakers out there who can help me out?
 
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Greg Hinkle
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Generally speaking, you don't pronounce the end consonants.

"Nous vous aimons"

"New vew aymon"

If there's a native French speaker, they can clarify. I'm from Cleveland, but my pronunciation isn't terrible. But that's when I'm saying it out loud, not writing it down.
 
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Actually, my understanding is if the word ends in a consanant and is followed by a word beginning with a vowel, the consonant is pronounced.
"Noo Vooz Amon (long a).
 
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Dave Barry says all French words are pronounced, "Woon." I tend to agree with him ever since I visited a town spelled Reims, but pronounce Ran.
 
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Bah, you're right. And I knew that too. I'm a-learnin'.

Best of luck.
 
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I've been away from the language for quite a while (so I'm not absolutely sure here), but I think it might be more correct to use the familiar (tu) in the case of your grandfather--which would result in "Nous t'Aimons".
 
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Gary Bacchus
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When in doubt, always use vous. It's safer that way.
 
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Ray Jankowski
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Thanks to all for your help! As it turned out, a cousin who was there could speak french and helped me out. Thanks again guys!

 
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