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 manyrules 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 -aIPA French example with IPA Paris [pa.i] -a or-àusually [a] là [la]-â in a few verb forms [a] allâtes [a.la.t] pale [p.l] extase [ks.t.z] -â (except as above) -abefore [s]and [z]sounds  lacer [l.se]-ai, -aî, -aie, -ais, -aise, -ait, -aientusually  mais [m] faisais [f.z] -ai in some verb forms of fairewhen before [z] faisons[f.zo]-aifinal [e] gai [e] travail [ta.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 -mor -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 -eIPA French example with IPA -é [e] été [e.te] père [p.] forêts [f.]-è, -ê, -ë  Noël [n.l]-ebefore a single consonant and a vowel  cheval [.val] -e before two consonants  elle [.l] -ebefore final pronounced consonants  fer [f]
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