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Flashcards in Basic French Pronunciation Deck (69):
1

ami

Note that "a" is pronounced like the British "A" in "father" [a].

2

je

Note that the unaccented "e" is pronounced like "uh", or the "A" in "again" [ə].

3

étudiant

Note that "é" is pronounced like the "A" in "play" [e].

4

arriver

Note that "-er" is pronounced like the "A" in "play" [e].

5

vous avez

Note that "-ez" is pronounced like the "A" in "play" [e].

6

très

Note that "è" is pronounced like the "E" in "best" [ɛ].

7

être

Note that "ê" is pronounced like the "E" in "best" [ɛ].

8

maison

Note that "ai" is pronounced like the "E" in "best" [ɛ].

9

treize

Note that "ei" is pronounced like the "E" in "best" [ɛ].

10

et

Note that "-et" is pronounced like the "E" in "best" [ɛ].

11

elle

Note that "e" + 2 consonants is pronounced like the "E" in "best" [ɛ].

12

merci

Note that "i" is pronounced like the "EE" in "bee" [i].

13

y

Note that "y" is pronounced like the "EE" in "bee" [i].

14

fort

Note that "o" is pronounced like the "O" in "old" [o].

15

au revoir

Note that "au" is pronounced like the "O" in "old" [o].

16

beau

Note that "eau" is pronounced like the "O" in "old" [o].

17

salut

Note that "u" is pronounced like the "EW" in "dew" [y].

18

avoir

Note that "oi" is pronounced like the "WA" in "wasp" [wa].

19

loyal

Note that "oy" is pronounced like "why" [waj].

20

vous

Note that "ou" is pronounced like the "OO" in "boot" [u].

21

jeune

Note that "eu" is pronounced like the "I" in "bird" [œ].

22

œuf

Note that "œu" is pronounced like the "I" in "bird" [œ].

23

nf

Note that "aï" is pronounced like the "I" in "like" [ai].

24

égste

Note that "oï" is pronounced like the "OY" in "boy" [oi].

25

tu

Note that "t" is pronounced like the "T" in "toy" [t].

26

athlétique

Note that "th" is pronounced like the "T" in "toy" [t].

27

sportif

Note that "f" is pronounced like the "F" in "fun" [f].

28

philosophie

Note that "ph" is pronounced like the "F" in "fun" [f].

29

joli

Note that "j" is pronounced like the "S" in "pleasure" [ʒ].

30

intelligent

Note that "g" + "e" or "i" is pronounced like the "S" in "pleasure" [ʒ].

31

garçon

Note that "g" + "a", "o" or "u" is pronounced like the "G" in "go" [g].

32

guitare

Note that "gu" + "e" or "i" is pronounced like the "G" in "go" [g].

33

sucre

Note that "s-" is pronounced like the "S" in "sand" [s].

34

classe

Note that "-ss-" is pronounced like the "S" in "sand" [s].

35

c'est

Note that "c" + "e" or "i" is pronounced like the "S" in "sand" [s].

36

ça

Note that "ç" is pronounced like the "S" in "sand" [s].

37

douze

Note that "z" is pronounced like the "Z" in "zebra" [z].

38

maison

Note that "s" between two vowels is pronounced like the "Z" in "zebra" [z].

39

comment

Note that "c" + "a", "o" or "u" is pronounced like the "K" in "kiss" [k].

40

magnifique

Note that "qu-" is pronounced like the "K" in "kiss" [k].

41

mignon

Note that "gn" is pronounced like the "NY" in "canyon" [ ɲ ].

42

riche

Note that "ch" is pronounced like the "SH" in "shy" [ ʃ ].

43

brillant

Note that "ill-" is pronounced like the "Y" in "yawn" [ j ].

44

travail

Note that a vowel + "il" is pronounced like the "Y" in "yawn" [ j ].

45

attirant

Note that "an/am" is pronounced [ɑ̃].

46

argent

Note that "en/em" is pronounced [ɑ̃].

47

enfin

Note that "in/im" is pronounced [ɛ̃].

48

américain

Note that "ain/aim" is pronounced [ɛ̃].

49

plein

Note that "ein/eim" is pronounced [ɛ̃].

50

humble

Note that "un/um" is pronounced [œ̃].

51

bon

Note that "on/om" is pronounced [ɔ̃].

52

les six français

When a word ends in an "S", "X" or "Z", those letters are never pronounced if the next word begins with a consonant or if the current word is placed at the end of a sentence.

53

Vous avez deux beaux enfants

When a word ends in an "S", "X" or "Z" and the next one starts with a vowel, these normally silent letters are pronounced, but with a [z] sound that leads into the next word.

54

le Louvre

When a word with at least 2 syllables ends in "E", the "E" is practically silent and only serves to bring out the sound of the consonant before it.

55

Bonsoir; Bien sûr !

"R" is always pronounced unless a word ends in "-ER".

56

très bien

Even though it ends in "-EN", "bien" is pronounced with the sound [ε̃].

57

les garçons

"Les" is treated as if it ended in "-EZ", so it gets the sound [e]. This is also true for "mes", "tes", "ses" and "des".

58

un bon ami

When a word ends in an "N" and the next one begins with a vowel, the nasal sound is retained in the first word but the full sound of a normal "N" is added to the second word.

59

J'aime l'étudiant d'Italie; s'il vous plaît

When "le", "la", "je", "ne", "me", "te", "de", "se", and "que" are followed by a word starting with a vowel, the "E" drops and a contraction is made between both words through the addition of an apostrophe. "Si" only does this if the next word begins with an "i".

60

un grand homme

When a word ends with "D" or "T" and the next one starts with a vowel, these normally silent letters make a [t] sound at the start of the second word.

61

le jeune enfant et une jolie fille

Even if the next word begins with a vowel, the "T" in "et" is never pronounced.

62

Le jeune enfant est une jolie fille

When the word following "est" begins with a vowel, the "T" is always pronounced.

63

Elle chante et ils regardent

When the verb following "ils/elles" ends in "-ENT", the "N" and "T" are never pronounced, almost as if there were just an "E".

64

avec cinq amis d'Irak

If a word ends in "C", "K" or "Q", all of which make the [k] sound, those letters are pronounced.

65

Il est sportif

If a word ends in "F", the "F" is pronounced.

66

le fauteuil espagnol

If a word ends in "L", the "L" is pronounced (as in "espagnol"). However, if the "L" is preceded by a vowel + "i", the "L" is not pronounced (as in "fauteuil").

67

le petit élève

Remember that the letter "E" is capable of producing 3 different sounds -- [ə], [e], [ɛ].

68

Il est fort et beau; Au revoir

Remember that "O", "AU" and "EAU" all make the same sound.

69

Salut, tu es courageux; Bonjour, vous avez du sucre ?

Remember that "U" is a much sharper and closed sound than "OU".