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French Pronunciation

Pronouncing different parts of French words

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a, à sounds like the o in 'lolly pop' or 'tom'
â, as sounds like 'ah!'
ai, ay, aye sounds like the 'ay' in 'may'
ail, aille, âille sounds like 'eye'
aile sounds like the 'el' in 'ellen'
aim, ain a nasal vowel, sounds like the 'an' in 'sang'
ais, ait, aît sounds like the 'e' in 'egg'
am, an a nasal vowel, sounds like the 'on' in 'yonder'
aou, aoû sounds like the 'oo' in 'too'
au, aud, ault, aut, aux sounds like 'oh!'
aude sounds like 'ode'
aune sounds like 'own'
b sounds like the 'b' in 'bun'
c + a, o, u sounds like the 'c' in 'cat' or 'cut'
c + e, i, y sounds like the 'c' in 'cent' or 'city'
ç sounds like the 's' in 'sit'
ch sounds like the 'sh' in 'ship;' rarely sounds like the 'ch' in 'echo'
d sounds like the 'd' in 'dog'
dj sounds like the 'dg' in 'bridge'
e sounds like the 'e' in 'the'
é, ée, ées, er, ey, ez, et sounds like the 'ay' in 'may'
è, ê sounds like the 'e' in 'egg'
eau, eaux sounds like 'oh!'
ei, eil, eille sounds like the 'ay' in 'may'
eim, ein a nasal vowel, sounds like the 'an' in 'sang'
elle, elles sounds like the 'ell' in 'ellen'
em, en a nasal vowel, sounds like the 'on' in 'yonder'
-ent as a verb ending, do not pronounce
ère sounds like 'air'
est-ce sounds like the 'ess' in 'bless'
-et an ending of a word, sounds like the 'e' in 'egg'
eu, eue sounds like the 'u' in 'cute'
-eu, -eue, eux an ending of a word, sounds like the 'u' in 'pudding'
euil, euille sounds like the 'oya' in 'loyal'
eul sounds like the 'ull' in 'hull'
eur, eure sounds like the 'ur' in 'purple'
ey, ez sounds like the 'ay' in 'may'
f sounds like the 'f' in 'if'
g + a, o, u sounds like the 'g' in 'gum' or 'go'
g + e, i, y sounds like the 's' in 'measure'
gn sounds like the first 'n' in 'canyon'
gua sounds like the 'gua' in 'guam'
gue sounds like the 'gue' in 'guerilla'
gui sounds like the 'gee' in 'geese'
h not pronounced as a single letter
i, î, id, ie, ies, is, it, iz sounds like the 'ee' in 'see'
ia sounds like the 'ya' in 'yard'
ied, ier, iers sounds like 'yea'
ieu sounds like sounds like the 'yu' in 'yuppy'
il, ils sounds like 'eel'
im, in a nasal vowel, sounds like the 'an' in 'sang'
ique sounds like the 'eek' in 'seek'
j sounds like the 's' in 'measure'
k sounds like the 'k' in 'kit'
l sounds like the 'l' in 'let'
ll sounds like the 'l' in 'let' or at times like the 'y' in 'yet'
m sounds like the 'm' in 'me'
n sounds like the 'n' in 'no'
o sounds like the 'u' in 'up' or at times like the 'o' in 'so'
ô, ot sounds like the 'o' in 'so'
oeil sounds like the 'oya' in 'loyal'
oeu, oeud, oeufs sounds like the 'u' in 'pudding'
oeur sounds like the 'ur' in 'purple'
oi, oid, oids, oie, oigt, ois, oix, oua, oy sounds like the 'wa' in 'wash'
oim, oin a nasal vowel, sounds like the 'wan' in 'wangle'
om, on, ons, ont a nasal vowel, sounds like the 'ong' in 'song'
ou, où, oud, oue, oup, ous, out, oût, oux sounds like the 'oo' in 'too'
oué sounds like 'way'
oui sounds like 'we'
p sounds like the 'p' in 'park;' at times not pronounced
ph sounds like the 'ph' in 'philosophy'
q, qu sounds like the 'k' in 'kit'
qua sounds like the 'ca' in 'cat'
que sounds like the 'ke' in 'kerchief'
qui sounds like 'key'
r sounds like the 'r' in 'gargle'
rr sounds like the 'rr' in 'purr'
s sounds like the 's' in 'sit;' at times like the 's' in 'rose'
sc + a, o, u sounds like the 'sc' in 'scold' or 'scum'
sc + e, i, y sounds like the 'sc' in 'scene' or 'scythe'
sh sounds like the 'sh' in 'shampoo'
squa sounds like the 'squa' in 'squander'
t, tt sounds like the 't' in 'to'
tch sounds like the 'ch' in 'church'
th sounds like the 't' in 'tea'
u, û, ue sounds like the 'u' in 'cute'
ueil, ueille sounds like the 'oya' in 'loyal'
ui, uie, uis, uit, uy sounds like the 'ew ea' in 'few eat'
um, un a nasal vowel, sounds like the 'un' in 'sung'
v, w sounds like the 'v' in 'verb'
x sounds like the 'x' in 'example' or 'excuse' or the 's' in 'geese'
y sounds like the 'ee' in 'see;' at times like the 'y' in 'yet'
z sounds like the 'z' in 'zero'
Created by: mentalorigami