French Pronunciation: Every IPA Sound (With Audio)

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This page has 2 primary uses:-

  1. Use it as a reference page to learn the IPA symbols of the French language.
  2. Use it to familiarize yourself with the sounds of the French language if you’re just beginning your studies.

 

Consonants

  IPA  

Examples

Listen

English approximation

b

beau
beau

d

doux
do

f

fête; pharmacie
festival

ɡ

gain; guerre
gain

k

cabas; archque; aquarelle; kelvin
sky

l

loup
loo

m

mou; femme
moo

n

nous; bonne
no

ɲ

agneaux
roughly like canyon

p

passé
spy

ʁ

roue; rhume
 rolled r

s

sa; hausse; ce; garçon; option; scie
sir

ʃ

choux; schème;shampooing
shoe

t

tout; thé
sty

v

vous; wagon
view

z

hasard; zéro
zeal

ʒ

joue; geai
measure

Non-native consonants

Djakarta
jam

ŋ

camping
camping

Datcha
China

x

khamsin
loch (Scottish English)

Semivowels

j

fief; payer; fille; travail
yes

w

oui; loi; moyen; web
we

ɥ

huit
between yet and wet

 

Vowels

  IPA  

Examples

Listen

English approximation

a

patte
roughly like pat

ɑ

pâte; glas
bra

e

clé; les; chez; aller; pied
pay

ɛ

mère; est; abdomen; faite
best

ɛː

fête; mtre; reine; scène; caisse; rtre
says

ə

le; reposer
again (often elided)

i

siîle; y
bee

œ

sœur; jeune
roughly like bird

ø

ceux; jne
roughly like bird

o

sot; hôtel; haut; bureau
roughly like boat (Scottish English)

ɔ

sort; minimum
like not (Received Pronunciation English)

u

coup
too

y

tu; sûr
roughly like few

Nasal vowels

ɑ̃

sans; champ; vent;temps; Jean; taon
roughly like croissant

ɛ̃

vinimpair; pain; daim;plein; Reims; bien 
uh-huh

œ̃

un; parfum
roughly like turn

ɔ̃

son; nom
roughly like own

Suprasegmentals

IPA

Example

Listen

Explanation

ˈ

moyen [mwaˈjɛ̃]
phrasal stress

.

pays [pe.i]
syllable boundary

les agneaux [lez‿aˈɲo]
liaison

 

 

 

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8 comments… add one

  • carole September 11, 2014 8:21 am edit

    Thank you so much Oli for this wonderful website! I’m a french girl living in Australia, trying to figure out how on earth am i suppose to run a “conversational french lessons” and your personnal experience, all those little tips are helping me immensly ! Thanks again, and.. encore bravo ! Cheers Carole

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  • GGkid September 20, 2014 8:40 am edit

    Yo! That’s what exactly I am looking for! I am now a beginner of French. French has so many differences from English on pronunciations. That’s why I wanted a French IPA table for reference! Man ya rock! Merci beaucoup !
    P.S. Sorry for my bad English ^_^

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  • QuadMicheal September 20, 2014 3:20 pm edit

    Excuse me, I cant find the “r” sound in your table, or I’m just overlooked it? Please reply thanks.

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  • Natalia Sarkanoja March 25, 2015 10:11 pm edit

    I am polish but I learn French and I am very good at English and French and I still learn language

    and I go holiday france for week and I learn language

    ps can u add more to the language ipa and I like Spanish ipa

    Reply
  • Camilla Krone March 7, 2016 5:09 pm edit

    Merci pour ce site web! I teach French at a college in the U.S. and this is one of a few sites I’ve referred my students to for practicing French phonetics.

    We are coming from US pronunciation, so I told my students that the a in chat or patte is like the a sound in the word “father” in U.S. English.

    Another useful website with IPA symbols and pronounced sample words (plus comparison to similar sounds in English is:

    this

    Bien à vous -

    Camilla

    Reply

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