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EU - French Pronunciation of EU

How is EU pronounced in French?

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The French letter combination EU can be pronounced in two different ways, which are quite similar.
  1. More or less like the u in the English word "full" when EU is in an open syllable (in which the vowel is the last sound in the syllable) - listen.
     
  2. When in a closed syllable, EU is pronounced with a slightly more open mouth - listen.
Exception: the past participle of avoir, eu, is pronounced like the French U.


French words with EU

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

   neuf   (nine)

   feu   (fire)

   peu   (a little)

Also see EUIL.

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