Pronunciation of 'Y' in French
I found a nice article on the pronunciation of the French 'y' (i grec). Most of us may know that it serves both as a vowel and consonant, but I thought that I could just share it.
The letter Y, which is fairly uncommon in French, can be a consonant or a vowel.
As a vowel, it's pronounced like the y in happy.
When Y is at the beginning of a word or syllable, it is a consonant and is pronounced just like the English Y. It is found as a consonant mainly in foreign words, country names, etc.
Here are some examples :
y (there) [ee]
cyclisme (biking, cycling) [seekleezmuh]
yaourt (yogurt) [yéurt]
yeux (eyes) [yuh]
sympa (nice) [Now this word is quite debatable, as it's pronounced quite like sampa]
Sympa is not debatable, it's always the same, it's pronounced like "simpa".
"Y", is really easy, it's only a regular "i", pronounced "ee", and it can become a consonnant, like in the English "yacht".
I really disagree with some of their phonetics on About.com, for instance "yéurt": No!
A like in the sound of "em" in "femme", or in flamme. Open A.