How have I missed this thread? Oh right, I was moving.
Where did I move? Not too far, only ~2 miles from where I live now, which is, btw:
So I feel that I can speak with authority on some of these things.
I say 'Say'zoh(n)' where the N is just barely pronounced. The most common Saison around here is Saison Dupont, which, when pronouncing it, thanks to the sharp D of Dupont, makes it sound like 'say'zohn' with a somewhat existant 'n.'
In general, when pronouncing French words in France, I use my French accent, which is pretty clean (although apparently hard English and American accents are considered 'sexy' but only if you're fluent, otherwise it's just annoying). For American or otherwise English words I'll use my American accent but sometimes for clarity's sake I'll say an English word in 'French,' so for example, burger becomes 'burhgeerh.'
I thought in French language the consonant at the end of a word isn't pronounced unless it is followed by a vowel. Wouldn't Paris be "pair-ee?"
Yes, and that's how we pronounce it. But there are special rules - couer for example you pronounce the r, and in general even words like Paris get the consonant pronounced if the word is immediately followed by a word that starts with a vowel; so for example "Paris apres dark" would be "PearEES aprays dark"
A handy pronunciation guide:
Couer = 'Qehr', pronounce the R.
Voir Dire = "vwahr deeuhr'
@erockrph I love Quebecois words. "Gare ma voiture" becomes "Parker mon char' - 'char' means Tank in continental French. Also all women of 'interest' are 'blondes' which is really really old French.