Vowels followed by M or N are usually nasal, except when the nasal consonant is followed by another vowel, in which case the vowel and consonant are both voiced. For example:
It may help you to know that there are nasal vowels in English, even though they are a bit different than French nasal vowels. In English, the nasal consonant (M or N) is pronounced and thus nasalizes the vowel that precedes it, whereas in French the vowel is nasal and the consonant is not pronounced. Compare the following:
French on an
English own on
Click the links in the box to learn about individual nasal vowels and hear them pronounced.
Detailed lessons on French nasal vowels
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