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French IPA Symbols - Vowels

Guide to the IPA symbols used to represent French vowel sounds

Consonants | Vowels | Nasal Vowels | Semi-Vowels

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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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There are 12 IPA symbols used to transcribe French vowel sounds in French, not including nasal vowels and semi-vowels.

IPA Spelling Examples and Notes
[a] A ami - quatre
Â
AS
pâtes
bas
[e] AI
É
ES
EI
ER
EZ
(je) parlerai
été
c'est
peiner
frapper
vous avez
È
Ê
E
AI
EI
exprès
tête
barrette
(je) parlerais
treize
E le - samedi (E muet)
EU
ŒU
professeur
œuf - sœur
EU
ŒU
bleu
œufs
I
Y
dix
stylo
[o] O
Ô
AU
EAU
dos - rose
à bientôt
chaud
beau
O bottes - bol
[u] OU douze - nous
[y] U
Û
sucre - tu
bûcher

  

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