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2 French Alphabet and Pronunciation French Alphabet & Pronunciation

3 French Alphabet and Pronunciation French Alphabet a = ahh b = bay c = say d = day e = euh f = eff g = jay h = ash i = eeeee j = jee k = ka l = ell m = em n = en o = oh p = pay q = kuh r = air s = ess t = tay u = ew v = vay w = dooble vay x = eeks y = eeee grec Z = zed

4 French Alphabet and Pronunciation Final consonants are usually silent: Paris (pa-ree). However, the consonants C, R, F & L are usually pronounced at the end of words.

5 French Alphabet and Pronunciation Common exceptions where the last letter can be heard include: Août (August) Cinq (five) Sept (seven) (can hear t but not the p!!) Huit (eight) Neuf (nine)

6 French Alphabet and Pronunciation Accents Some but not all accents can change the sound of the letter and or the meaning of a word. The main ones are: É accent aigu È accent grave Ê accent circonflexe Ë trema Ç cedille

7 French Alphabet and Pronunciation ç (cedille) changes the C (K) into an S sound for C followed by A, O or U. C already makes the S sound followed by E or I Français (French) Garçon (boy) Leçon (lesson) Ciel (sky) Cest (its) Ce nest pas (its not) Glace (icecream) Citron (lemon)

8 French Alphabet and Pronunciation h is not pronounced hôtel (ohtel), homard (omar) (lobster). Horrible (horrible) Henri (Henry) Hôpital (hospital)

9 French Alphabet and Pronunciation q or qu has a hard k sound e.g. quinze (sounds like cans) (fifteen) Quatre (four) Quatorze (fourteen) cat oars Qui (who) Quitter (to leave – can also say partir) Cinq (five)

10 French Alphabet and Pronunciation r is said at the back of the throat with the tongue at the bottom of the mouth (in English the r makes the tongue go up). It sounds like a softer version of a cat trying to get rid of a furball. Travaille (work) Garage (garage) Carottes rapées (grated carrots) Tranche (slice) Hiver (winter) Printemps (spring) Réserver (to reserve)

11 French Alphabet and Pronunciation th is pronounced just t which is why French native speakers have a lot of problems with our th and you may hear them say zat was ze zeory on zursday ze forz instead of that was the theory on Thursday the fourth although I havent heard this sentence too often! Thé (tea) Thierry (Terry or Thierry as in the footballer Thierry Henri) Cathédrale (cathedral) Théâtre (theatre) Thon (tuna)

12 French Alphabet and Pronunciation u = oo e.g. sur (soor) (on) Jus (juice) Université (university) Rugby (rugby) Jupe (skirt) Musique (music)

13 French Alphabet and Pronunciation ui (wee) e.g. huit (weet) Huître (oyster) Huile (oil) Cuire (to cook) Suivre (to follow) Lui (him) Nuit (night) Puis-je? (may I?) Puis-je cuire les huîtres avec lhuile pour lui cette nuit? = May I cook the oysters with oil for him this night?!

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