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French: Pronunciation

The major difficulty of the French alphabet and pronunciation is that it is dynamic, and both consonants and vowels are often not pronounced the same way they are written. Furthermore, many characters are not pronounced at all during normal speach. This pronunciation guide offers a short indication of the French pronunciation, due to the complexity of the language it might not be complete.

Consontants and Dipthongs

b is pronounced as in 'bed'.
c is pronounced as in 'cat' when it preces 'a', 'o', or 'u'. When preceding 'e' or 'i' it is pronounced as in 'peace'.
ch is pronounced as in 'sharp'.
d is pronounced as in 'bed'
f is pronounced as in 'fat'.
g is pronounced as in 'garage' when it is followed by a, o, or u. In other cases it is pronounced as in 'gap'
gn is pronounced as in 'onion'
h is not pronounced at all.
j is pronounced as in 'garage'.
k is pronounced as in 'brick'.
l is pronounced as in 'bill'.
m is pronounced as in 'me'.
n is pronounced as in 'no'. When it is preceded by a vowel, the vowel is usually nasalised and the 'n' is not pronounced.
p is pronounced as in 'pet'.
q is pronounced as in 'cat'.
r is pronounced as a rolling sound produced by the back of the tongue in the throat, somewhat similair to the Spanish 'rolling r', whereas the Spanish variant is produced by the tip of the tongue in the front of the mouth..
s is pronounced as in 'sit', unless it is followed by a vowel in which case it is pronounced as 'zombie'.
t is pronounced as in 'table'.
v is pronounced as in 'vogue'.
w is pronounced as in 'window'.
y is pronounced as in 'yes'. When it stands alone, or it is followed by a consonant it is pronounced as in 'sit'.
z is pronounced as in 'zeppelin'.

Vowels

In French there are different accents which give each vowel a slightly different pronunciation. These differences are often so delicate, and differ with the words used, that it is beyond the scope of this site to deal with each nuance separately.

a / / is pronounced as in 'come', but it is pronounced lighter.
e / is pronounced as in 'bed'.
i is pronounced as in 'meet', but shorter.
o is pronounced as in 'hot'.
u is pronounced as in 'stew'.
ai is pronounced as in 'pineapple'.
eu is a unique sound. Try pronouncing 'uh', and then rounding up the lips somewhat and bringing them to the front.
oi is pronounced as in 'what'.
au is pronounced as in 'hot'.

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