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French IPA Symbols - Nasal Vowels

Guide to the IPA symbols used for French nasal vowels

 

Consonants | Vowels | Nasal Vowels | Semi-Vowels

Introduction to IPA | French IPA Symbols

 

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If this introductory guide to French IPA symbols leaves you wanting more detail, consult Savoir Dire, by Diane Dansereau.

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French has four different nasal vowels.* The IPA symbol for a nasal vowel is a tilde ~ over the corresponding oral vowel.

IPA Spelling Examples and Notes
[] AN
AM
EN
EM
banque
chambre
enchanté
embouteillage
[] IN
IM
YM
cinq
impatient
sympa
[] ON
OM
bonbons
comble
[] UN
UM
un - lundi
parfum

*The sound [] is disappearing in some French dialects; it tends to be replaced by [].

  

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