19-2 is a new series running on Radio-Canada. On the official website, we read: 19-2 nous plonge au cœur du quotidien de deux patrouilleurs du Service de la police métropolitaine de Montréal. Unlike the comedies La Galère or Les Parent, the series 19-2 is edgy.
In the first episode, two policemen have been called to investigate a scene. When they arrive, they step out of the patrol car and approach a building.
That’s when Officer Nick Berrof sees a person walk past the window inside the building. To alert his partner, Nick says: Il y a quelqu’un en dedans! “There’s someone inside!”
Count the syllables in il y a quelqu’un en dedans. Eight, right? But when pronounced informally, il y a quelqu’un en dedans might be said in just five syllables. How?
Il y a often sounds like ya in informal speech. That’s one syllable instead of three. When said quickly, en dedans can sound more like endan. That’s two syllables instead of three.
So, il y a quelqu’un en dedans can sound more like ya quelqu’un endan when said informally. If you’re not aware of these shortcuts in French pronunciation, something like that could really throw you off.
19-2 is a good series. I’ll draw more inspiration from this show in future entries.
[This entry was inspired by the character Nick in 19-2, season 1, episode 1, Radio-Canada, Montreal, 2 February 2011.]