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French Vowel Sounds

Link: Learning Loom-home

The table below is based on a table of French Vowel Sounds by BastouXII. Note the word "Romanji" is used in Japanese to describe the sound of the words using the english alphabet. This is why I use this term here. For your accent - you may want to create your own "romanji" equivalent - specific to your unique accent.

↓ French letter : Ѧf
'Ѧf' │♫Romanji │ Example
a . . │ ♫ ah . . . . .│ la tasse : cup
â . . │ . . . . ". . . . . │la pâtisserie : pastry shop
à . . │ . . . . " . . . . .│là-bas : over there


e . . │♫ uh . . . │ petit : small
eu . │. " . . . . . .│ la fleur : flower


é . . │ ♫ ey . . . │ les cafés : the coffee houses
ez . │ . . . " . . . . .│ le nez : nose
er . │ . . . " . . . . . │ parler: to speak


'Ѧf' /♫Romanji / Example

è . /♫ eh. . . / ma mère : my mother
ê . . . . " . . . . . la fenêtre : window
ai . . . . " . . . . . clair : clean
ei . . . . " . . . . . la neige : snow
et . . . . " . . . . . le secret : secret


i . / ♫ ee. . ./ vite : quickly
î . . . . . " . . . . la gîte : shelter
y . . .. . " . . . . le pays : country


o . /♫ oh. . . / le mot : word
ô . . . . . " . . . . . les côtes : ribs
au . . . . " . . . . . aujourd'hui : today
eau . . . " . . . . .l'eau : water


'Ѧf' /♫Romanji / Example
o . /♫ ohh. . . / une pomme : apple


ou . /♫ ooh. . . / l'amour : love
où . . . . " . . . . . . . : where


'Ѧf' /♫Romanji / Example
oi . /♫ wah. . / la soie : silk
oy . . . . " . . . . . . moyen : average


u . /♫ ew. . . / salut : hello


I welcome suggestions for better links up on the internet for these words and sounds.

For sound files, thanks to : AudioFrench.com ; about.com

June 28, 2014

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Another discussions about phonetics in duolingo can be found here

December 17, 2014

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GENERAL internet resources I have found on phonetics are: A you tube video on pronunciation by "french pronunciation", which I found interesting, click here

language guide

This is a video clip talking about the international phonetic sounds that appear in the french language, by clicking here . ( ps I choose to skip the add at the beginning of this video )

A study into sounds that are stranger for English speakers can be found here , produced by bbc.co.uk for schools.

This is another one here by The French Tutorial, looking into sounds.

December 17, 2014
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