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La Prononciation. Les voyelles /a/, /ɑ /, / u/, /y/, / i /, / e/, /ɛ/, /ə /, /ø/, / œ/, /o/ and /ɔ/. /a / and / ɑ/. The letter “a” always says /a/ in French like the English word ah. It never says “a” like in class, date, or cinema . There is also the sound / ɑ/, but

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la prononciation

La Prononciation

Les voyelles

/a/, /ɑ/, /u/, /y/, /i/, /e/, /ɛ/, /ə/, /ø/, /œ/, /o/ and /ɔ/

a and
/a/ and /ɑ/
  • The letter “a” always says /a/ in French like the English word ah. It never says “a” like in class, date, or cinema. There is also the sound /ɑ/, but
  • Chat çava à la là-bas avec amivoilàclasse café salade dame date Madame Canada taxi
  • Aline a mis la carte sur la table avec les photos.
  • Anne et Maurice sont au Canada avec mademoiselle Laval.
  • J’aime manger, nager, danser et chanter.
  • The sound /u/ in French is made with the letters“ou”. It is very similar to the English “oo” like in food, move, and soup.
  • Où nous vousécoutejouetoujoursfootball
  • Vous jouez au foot avec nous?
  • The sound /y/ in French is made with the letter“u”. This sound doesn’t exist in English.
  • To say this sound, practice the French word “super”.
  • Begin by saying “si”, then round your lips like you are going to whistle. Instead of saying si, you will say su. Now say “super.”
  • Tuétudies avec Lucie.
  • Marc a bu du jus d’orange.
  • As-tu vu la belle vue sur la rue?
now try to distinguis between u and y
Nowtry to distinguisbetween /u/ and /y/
  • joue vs. Jus
  • jour vs. jure
  • ou vs. eu
  • roue vs. rue
  • rousse vs. russe
  • toutou vs. tutu
  • vous vs. vu
  • dessous vs. dessus
  • The sound /i/ in French isneversaid“I” like in bye, tie, my, and sky, but is instead pronounced like the words Mimi, eel, peel, and zeal. It is written as “i” and “y”.
  • Ici Philippe il Sylvie visite
  • Alice visite Paris avec Monique.
  • The sound / ə / in French isthe letter “e” in most situations.
  • Le, te, ne, de, me, se, que et je
  • Jerecherche lelogement.
  • Donne-le-mois’ilteplaît.
  • The sound /e/ in French issometimes written “e”, but you will also see it with er, ez, et, é, and es.
  • restaurant, spectacle, dessert, tennis, manger, été, veuillez, aimé, les, parler
vs e with articles
/ə/ vs. /e/ with articles
  • le sac vs. les sacs
  • le vélo vs. les vélos
  • le portable vs. les portables
  • le copain vs. les copains
  • le voisin vs. les voisins
  • The sound / ɛ / in French isseenwith“e”, but also with è, ê, ette, elle, and emme. Or with a syllable that ends in a consonant.
  • exprès, tête, bête, frère, mère, père, Caire, sept, jette, mette, regrette, merci, mais
  • The sound/ø/ doesn’texist in English. It is not hard to pronounce.


  • deux, eux, je veux, je peux, les jeux, il pleut, un euro.
  • Est-ce que je peux aller chez eux s’il pleut?
  • The sound/œ/ doesn’texist in English. It is not hard to pronounceeither.


  • neuf, sœur, heure, professeur, jeune, ordinateur, plusieurs, bœuf
  • Ma sœur a acheté du bœuf sur l’ordinateur.
/ø/ vs. /œ/
  • Pour écouter la différence
o and
/o/ and /ɔ/
  • The sound /o/ is an open sound, and the /ɔ/ is a closedsound.
  • The French use the open “o” at the end of words, and the closed “o” is usually in the middle of words.
  • OPEN: mot, héros, trop, ton, bol, dos, rose, rigolo, vélo, nos, vos, eau, chaud
  • CLOSED: rosbif, téléphone, prof, porte, odeur, comment, votre, école, notre, dommage
  • Pour écouter la différence: