French Pronounciation Chart

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French Pronunciation Charts 1 What follows are two representations of French pronunciations: 1. a list of all the French spellings in all positions and linkings with their IPA equivalent; and 2. a list of all IPA sounds found in the French language and their spellings. In learning to correctly pronounce French without the aid of a IPA transcriptions, I find it best for the beginning student to follow the route of the French spellings rather that working from the sounds themselves. Although there are many rules and spellings, French is an extremely regular language. With the exception of a few words with variable word endings and some proper nouns, almost all French words will follow the rules to the letter. Part one: French Spellings - Vowel Pronunciation French spellings for the vowel -a IPA French example with IPA Paris [ pa.i] -a or usually [a] [la] in a few verb forms [a] allâtes [a.la.t] pale [p.l] extase [ks.t.z] (except as above) - a before [s] and [z] sounds [] lacer [l.se] -ai, -aî, -aie, -ais, -aise, -ait, -aient usually [] mais [m] faisais [f.z] -ai in some verb forms of faire when before [z] [] faisons [f.zo] -ai final [e] gai [e] travail [ta.vaj] -ail, -aill, -aille [aj] cailloux [ka.ju] faim [f] -aim, -ain when final or before a consonant except - m or - n , or - h [] ainsi [.si] [m] aime [.m] -aim, -ain when followed by a vowel [n] plaine [pl.n] champ [] -am, -an, -aon when final or before a consonant ex. - m or - n , or - h [] fumant [fy.m] tamis [ta.mi] -am, -an when followed by a vowel or another - m or - n [am] [an] manne [ma.n] -au [o] chaud [o] -au before - r [] Fauré [f.e] -ay, -aye, -ayes [j] payer [p.je] French spellings for vowel -e IPA French example with IPA [e] été [e.te] père [p.] forêts [f.] -è, -ê, -ë [] Noël [n.l] -e before a single consonant and a vowel [] cheval [.val] -e before two consonants [] elle [.l] -e before final pronounced consonants [] fer [f]
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-e before final silent consonants (except - s and - t) [e] pied [pje] -e final spoken silent parle [pal] sung [] parle [pa.l] -e final in monosyllables [] je [] -er final - generally in non-verb forms [] hiver [i.v] parler [pa.le] -er final - in verb endings and some nouns and adjectives. [e] boulanger [bu.l.e] -es final [] parles [pa.l] les [le] -es final in monosyllables before a closed vowel -es final in monosyllables before an open vowel [e] [] des [d] -et final [] filet [fi.l] et (the words meaning and ) [e] et [e] -eau [o] beau [bo] -ei [] seize [s.z] -eim & - ein when final or before a consonant ex. - m or - n , or - h [] plein [pi] -em & - en when final or before a consonant ex. - m or - n , or - h
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