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E - French Pronunciation of E

How is E pronounced in French?

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The French letter E can be pronounced several different ways:
  • Like the E in angel (like a schwa) - listen. This sound is often heard in single syllable words like le, me, etc.
     
  • Like the vowel sound in "weigh" except without the y sound at the end - listen. This sound occurs with
       E with an acute accent: été
       E in an open syllable (i.e., a syllable that ends in a vowel sound): trajet
       the verb endings -er and -ez: manger, veuillez.

  • Like the E in bed - listen. This sound is found in
       E with a grave accent: exprès
       E with a circumflex: tête
       E followed by a double consonant: belle
       E in a closed syllable (a syllable that ends in a consonant sound): sept

  • An unaccented E at the end of a word is called an E muet and may or may not be pronounced.

French words with E

Click on the links below to hear the words pronounced in French:

   le   (the)

   été   (summer)

   manger   (to eat)

   veuillez   (please)

   exprès   (on purpose)

   tête   (head)

   belle   (beautiful)

   sept   (seven)


Letter combinations with E (click for detailed lessons)

AILLE  |  EAU  |  EI  |  EIL  |  EN  |  EU  |  EUIL  |  OE  |  ŒIL  |  OUILLE  |  UE  |  UEIL  |  UILLE


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