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French for beginner : Mastering the pronunciation of French vowels

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

When it comes to learning French, one of the most challenging aspects for beginners is mastering the pronunciation of French vowels (A, E, I, O, U, Y). With a little practice and guidance, however, it is possible to develop a good understanding of how French vowels are pronounced.


In this blog post, we’ll explore them and provide tips on how to pronounce them accurately. So let’s dive in!

French vowels
French vowels

1 - The pronunciation of the letters a, e, o & u


  • Banane [bah-nah-nuh]: In this word, the "a" is pronounced as "ah", similar to the "a" in "father".

  • Semaine [suh-mey-nuh]: The "e" in this word is pronounced as "uh", like the "u" in "cup".

  • Casino [kah-zee-no]: The "o" in this word is pronounced as "oh", like the "o" in "go".

  • Confiture [kohn-fee-too-ruh]: The "u" in this word is pronounced as "oo", like the "u" in...Unfortunately the English language doesn't have a word with this sound! But with courage and determination you'll get there.


2 - The pronunciation of i & y


  • Difficile [dee-fee-seal]: The "i" in this word is pronounced as "ee", similar to the "i" in "ski".

  • Crayon [kray-yohn]: The "y" in this word is pronounced as "yuh", similar to the "y" in "yankee".

  • Système [sis-tey-muh]: The "y" in this word is pronounced as "ee", like the "y" in "Johnny".


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