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EU - French Pronunciation of EU

How is EU pronounced in French?


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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