English Pronounced Like French

English Pronounced Like French provides the easiest introduction to the pronunciation of English words.

The very easiest English Pronunciations are English words spelled like French and also pronounced like French, as listed below.

These are also the very easiest English words to take with you when you travel to an English-speaking country.

Some of the following French words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like ‘computer’. Some others have been borrowed by both English and French from other languages, like ‘opera’ from Italian.

In the following pronunciation guide, English words pronounced like French are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: bar [‘bar’].

To keep English pronunciation easiest, English words are shown to have a similar pronunciation to French if the stress is on the same syllable, and the letters are pronounced enough alike that English people will probably understand what you mean if you pronounce those words as you do in French. You may merely sound like you have a ‘French accent’ in English.

Later you can listen to how English people pronounce these words, and try to mimic any small differences in pronunciation to make them sound more authentically English. For example, the letter –i– in English is usually pronounced ‘ih-‘ [rather than ‘-ee-’ as in French]

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English Spelled Like French And Pronounced Like French:

ENGLISH -- [SAY LIKE FRENCH]

altitude -- [‘altitude’]

animal -- [‘animal’]

aubergine (eggplant) -- [‘aubergine’]

ballet -- [‘ballet’]

bar -- [‘bar’]

beige -- [‘beige’]

cabaret -- [‘cabaret’]

café / cafe -- [‘cafe’]

camping -- [‘camping’]

canal -- [‘canal’]

carafe -- [‘carafe’]

cascade -- [‘cascade’]

casino -- [‘casino’]

cassette -- [‘cassette’]

catalogue -- [‘catalogue’]

chrome -- [‘chrome’]

cigarette -- [‘cigarette’]

club -- [‘club’]

cricket (sport) -- [‘cricket’]

dock -- [‘dock’]

dollar -- [‘dollar’]

express -- [‘express’]

extra -- [‘extra’]

fax -- [‘fax’]

garage -- [‘garage’]

gay -- [‘gay’]

golf -- [‘golf’]

grouse -- [‘grouse’]

Kleenex® (tissues) -- [‘Kleenex’]

lactose -- [‘lactose’]

liqueur -- [‘liqueur’]

long -- [‘long’]

Mac (MacIntosh computer) -- [‘Mac’]

macaroni -- [‘macaroni’]

machine -- [‘machine’]

magazine -- [‘magazine’]

massage -- [‘massage’]

mauve -- [‘mauve’]

meringue -- [‘meringue’]

mousse -- [‘mousse’]

nectarine -- [‘nectarine’]

paprika -- [‘paprika’]

parking -- [‘parking’]

photocopy -- [‘photocopy’]

pizza -- [‘pizza’]

police -- [‘police’]

promenade -- [‘promenade’]

pullover -- [‘pullover’]

puzzle (jigsaw) -- [‘puzzle’]

rap (music) -- [‘rap’]

route -- [‘route’]

sandwich -- [‘sandwich’]

shorts -- [‘shorts’]

ski -- [‘ski’]

snowboard -- [‘snowboard’]

soda -- [‘soda’]

sole -- [‘sole’]

souvenir -- [‘souvenir’]

terminal -- [‘terminal’]

toast -- [‘toast’]

tonic -- [‘tonic’]

T-shirt -- [‘T-shirt’]

vodka -- [‘vodka’]

whisky -- [‘whisky’]

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More English Pronounced Like French And Spelled Like French:

SPELLED ALIKE BUT WITH ACCENT MARKS IN FRENCH

Some of these French words adopted into English have retained the accent marks in English.

ENGLISH -- FRENCH -- [SAY LIKE FRENCH]

cinema -- cinéma -- [‘cinema’]

consommé -- consommé -- [‘consommé’]

discotheque -- discothèque -- [‘discothèque’]

fiancé (m) -- fiancé -- [‘fiancé’]

fiancée (f) -- fiancée -- [‘fiancée’]

matinee / matinée -- matinée -- [‘matinée’]

pâté -- pâté -- [‘pâté’]

rosé -- rosé -- [‘rosé’]

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After English words spelled like French and also pronounced like French, the next easiest English pronunciations are English words pronounced like French but spelled differently than French.

ENGLISH PRONOUNCED LIKE FRENCH BUT SPELLED DIFFERENT:

English words pronounced like French but spelled differently are more pronunciations that you already know from French that apply to English.



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