How to pronounce Manger vs. Mangeais in French

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Manger vs. Mangeais in French

French Verb Manger

Manger is a verb in French that means to eat. The verb in the infinitive is written as manger. If you’re looking to visit France, there are good chances that you’ll taste the local cuisine and try different French food. Therefore learning how to use and how to pronounce the verb manger is essential.

Below, you’ll find some sentences with the word manger in French, for example:

  • Je veux manger un plat chaud (I want to eat a hot meal)
  • Je commence à avoir un peu faim. Si on allait manger dans un restaurant? (I start to feel hungry. What if we go to eat in a restaurant?)

Use manger to talk about future actions as to mention something in the near future. The appropriate future French tense to use in such case is the near future (le futur proche). As in English the near future is composed of the auxiliary verb “to be” + “going” + verb in the infinitive. For example:

  • I’m going to take a day off tomorrow (Je vais prendre un jour de congé demain).

In French, the near future is composed of the verb aller (to go) in the present tense + the main verb in the infinitive:

  • Je vais manger (I’m going to eat)
  • Elle va manger (She’s going to eat)
  • Ils vont manger (They’re going to eat)

French Verb Mangeais

Mangeais is also a form of the verb manger. Mangeais is the verb manger conjugated to the past imperfect tense. Example:

  • L’année dernière, c’était la première fois que je mangeais dans un restaurant ethiopien. (It was the first time last year that I ate at an Ethiopian restaurant)
  • Je mangeais beaucoup de chocolat avant (Before, I used to eat a lot of chocolate)

How to pronounce "Manger" in French?

Manger ends with “er” which is pronounced as /e/. To pronounce the sound /e/ in manger, the mouth more closed, the tongue forward, and the lips must be spread.

How to pronounce "Mangeais" in French?

Mangeais ends with “eais” which is pronounced /ε/. The mouth should be wide open to correctly pronounce /ε/. Compared to the “er” in manger, be sure to have your mouth more open when pronouncing the “eais” in mangeais.

This Instagram video will show you how to pronounce the words Manger and Mangeais. It’s part of our Effortless French Words Pronunciation series.

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