English Spelled Like French

English Spelled Like French are some of the easiest words for French speakers In English.

Here is a selection of just some of the many English words spelled like French.

English words spelled like French may have some of the same meanings in both languages, or may have some slightly different but related meanings.

The English version is placed first to encourage you to look for and recognize English words similar to ones in your own language -- and deduce what the English words mean, by yourself without being given the translation first.

Some English words are spelled like French words that have an accent mark over a letter in French but not in English, like 'age', or sometimes in English, like 'café' and ‘fiancée’.

Some of the following English words spelled like French are recently borrowed from English, like 'computer' and 'internet'. Some others have been borrowed from French ['ballet'] or from other languages by both English and French.

Many of the English words spelled like French are also pronounced like French, as listed below.

Whenever possible pronunciations use letters from the usual French alphabet. Some of the pronunciations omitted require special symbols that are not part of the French alphabet, like the symbol for the English letter combination –th. Therefore those pronunciations are not easiest, and so are omitted.

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ENGLISH SPELLED LIKE FRENCH

FRENCH & ENGLISH WORD -- [SAY IN ENGLISH]

accessible -- [æk-SÈS-si-beul]

accident -- [ÆK-si-deunnt]

acupuncture -- [Æ-kyoû-peunk-tcheu]

agent -- [ÉI-djeunnt]

altitude -- [‘altitude’]

ambulance -- [ÆM-byou-leunns]

animal -- [‘animal’]

architecture -- [ÂÂ-ki-tèk-tcheu]

arrive -- [eu-RAÏV]

art -- [âât]

aubergine (Br. eggplant) -- [‘aubergine’]

audio -- [OO-dii-ôô]

babysitter -- [BÉI-bii-si-teu]

baggage -- [BÆ-geudj]

balance -- [BÆ-leunns]

ballet -- [‘ballet’]

bandage -- [BÆNN-didj]

bar -- [‘bar’]

beige -- [‘beige’]

bikini -- [‘bikini’]

biscuits (Br.) -- [BIS-kits]

blouse -- [blaous]

bracelet -- [BRÉISS-leut]

buffet -- [‘buffet’]

bureau -- [BYOÛ-rôô]

bus -- [bass]

butane -- [BYOÛ-téinn]

cabaret -- [‘cabaret’]

café / cafe -- [‘café’]

camping -- [‘camping’]

canal -- [‘canal’]

carafe -- [‘carafe’]

cascade -- [‘cascade’]

casino -- [‘casino’]

cassette -- [‘cassette’]

catalogue -- [‘catalogue’]

caviar -- [KÆ-vi-ââ]

centre (Br.) -- [SÈNN-teu]

champagne -- [chæm-PÉINN]

chef -- [‘chef’]

chocolate -- [TCHOK-leut]

chrome -- [‘chrome’]

cigarette -- [‘cigarette’]

club -- [klab]

cocktail -- [‘cocktail’]

code -- [‘code’]

commence -- [keu-MÈNNSS]

commercial -- [keu-MEÛ-chæl]

commission -- [keu-MI-cheunn]

compatible -- [keum-PÆ-ti-beul]

compliment -- [KOM-pli-mènnt]

concert -- [KONN-seut]

constipation -- [konn-sti-PÆ-cheunn]

contact -- [KONN-tækt]

court -- [kôôt]

cousin -- [KA-zinn]

cricket (sport) -- [‘cricket’]

cubes (ice) -- [kyoûbz]

danger -- [DÉINN-djeu]

date -- [déit]

dessert -- [di-ZEÛT]

destination -- [dès-ti-NÉI-cheunn]

direct -- [di-RÉKT]

direction -- [di-RÉK-cheunn]

distance -- [DI-stænns]

dock -- [‘dock’]

dollars -- [DO-leûz]

double -- [DA-beul]

election -- [i-LÈK-cheun]

escalator -- [ÈS-kæ-léi-teu]

euro -- [YOÛ-rôô]

excellent -- [ÈK-seu-leunnt]

excursion -- [iks-KEÛ-cheunn]

express -- [‘express’]

extra -- [‘extra’]

fax -- [‘fax’]

football (soccer) -- [FOUT-bool]

ferry -- [FÈ-ri]

film -- [‘film’]

format -- [FOO-mæt]

fruit -- [froût]

future -- [FYOÛ-tcheu]

garage -- [‘garage’]

gay -- [‘gay’]

gel -- [djèl]

gin -- [djinn]

gluten -- [GLOU-teunn]

golf -- [‘golf’]

grandparents -- [GRÆND-pââ-reunnts]

grouse -- [‘grouse’]

guide -- [gaïd]

hamburger -- [HAMM-beû-gueu]

horrible -- [HO-ri-beul]

important -- [imm-POO-teunnt]

identification -- [aï-dèn-ti-fi-KÉI-cheunn]

indigestion -- [inn-di-DJÈS-tcheunn]

infection -- [inn-FÈK-cheunn]

inflammation -- [inn-flæ-MÉI--cheunn]

inflation -- [inn-FLÉI-cheunn]

innocent -- [IN-neu-seunnt]

instant -- [INN-steunnt]

international -- [inn-teu-NÆ-cheu-neul]

internet -- [INN-teu-nèt]

intersection -- [INN-teu-sèk-cheunn]

jade -- [djéid]

jazz -- [djæzz]

jeans -- [djiinnz]

kitchenette -- [ki-tchi-NÈT]

Kleenex® (tissues) -- [‘Kleenex’]

large -- [lââdj]

lactose -- [‘lactose’]

liqueur -- [‘liqueur’]

long -- [‘long’]

lotion -- [LÔÔ-cheunn]

Mac (MacIntosh computer) -- [‘Mac’]

macaroni -- [‘macaroni’]

machine -- [‘machine’]

magazine -- [‘magazine’]

massage -- [‘massage’]

match (game) -- [‘match’]

mauve -- [‘mauve’]

mayonnaise -- [MÉI-eu-néiz / mé-ie-NÉIZ]

melon -- [MÈ-leunn]

menu -- [MÈN-yoû]

meringue -- [‘meringue’]

message -- [MÈS-sidj]

messages -- [MÈS-sid-jiz]

mile -- [maïl]

minute -- [MI-nit]

minutes -- [MI-nits]

motel -- [‘motel’]

mousse -- [‘mousse’]

muscle -- [MAS-seul]

navigation -- [næ-vi-GÉI-cheunn]

nectarine -- [‘nectarine’]

niece -- [niiss]

normal -- [NOO-meul]

observation -- [ob-seu-VÉI-cheunn]

occupants -- [OK-kyoû-peunts]

office -- [O-fiss]

Oh -- [‘oh’]

omelette -- [OMM-leut]

onyx -- [O-niks]

orange -- [O-rinndj]

original -- [eu-RI-dji-neu]

palpitations -- [pæl-pi-TÉI-cheunnz]

paprika -- [‘paprika’]

par -- [‘par’]

parasol -- [PÂÂ-reu-sool]

Pardon (sorry) -- [PÂÂ-deunn]

parents -- [PÈ-reunnts]

parking -- [‘parking’]

petite -- [‘petite’]

photo -- [‘photo’]

photocopy -- [‘photocopy’]

pigeon -- [PI-djeunn]

pipe -- [païp]

pizza -- [‘pizza’]

plan -- [plænn]

plus -- [plas]

point -- [poïnnt]

poison -- [POÏ-zeunn]

police -- [‘police’]

pop (musique) -- [‘pop’]

port -- [poot]

portion -- [POO-cheunn]

position -- [-cheunn]

possible -- [POS-si-beul]

premier -- [pri-MIIR]

profession -- [prôô-FÈ-cheunn]

promenade -- [‘promenade’]

prudent -- [PROÛ-deunnt]

public -- [PAB-lic]

pudding -- [POU-dinng]

pullover -- [‘pullover’]

puzzle (jigsaw) -- [‘puzzle’]

quartz -- [kouoots]

radio -- [RÉI-di-ôô]

rap (music) -- [‘rap’]

religion -- [ri-LI-djeunn]

restaurant -- [RÈS-trænnt]

route -- [‘route’]

royal -- [ROÏ-eul]

sandwich -- [‘sandwich’]

sardines -- [sââ-DIINNZ]

satin -- [SÆ-tinn]

sauna -- [SOO-neu]

scooter -- [SKOÛ-teu]

score -- [‘score’]

sculpture -- [SKALP-tcheu]

section -- section -- [SÈK-cheunn]

senior -- [SIIN-yeu]

service -- [SEÛ-viss]

sexy -- [‘sexy’]

shorts -- [‘shorts’]

simple -- [SIMM-peul]

six -- [siks]

ski (n) -- [‘ski’]

skis (n) -- [skiiz]

slow (dance) -- [‘slow’]

snowboard -- [‘snowboard’]

soda -- [‘soda’]

sole -- [‘sole’]

solution -- [seu-LOÛ-cheunn]

souvenir -- [‘souvenir’]

spa -- [‘spa’]

special -- [SPÈ-cheul]

sport -- [spoot]

statue -- [STÆ-tchyoû]

station -- [STÉI-cheunn]

steak -- [‘steak’]

style -- [staïl]

suite -- [‘suite’]

surcharge -- surcharge -- [SEÛ-tchââdj]

synagogue -- [‘synagogue’]

table -- [TÉI-beul]

tampon -- [TÆM-ponn]

taxi -- [TÆK-si]

tennis -- [‘tennis’]

terminal -- [‘terminal’]

terrain -- [teu-RÉINN]

terrible -- [TÈR-ri-beul]

theatre (Br.) -- [THII-eu-teu]

toast -- [‘toast’]

tonic -- [‘tonic’]

trace -- [tréiss]

train -- [tréinn]

transmission -- [træns-MI-cheunn]

turbot -- [TEÛ-beut]

turquoise -- [TEÛ-kouoïz]

type -- [taïp]

T-shirt -- [‘T-shirt’]

urgent -- [EÛ-djeunnt]

urine -- [YOÛ-rinn]

vaginal -- [VÆ-dji-neul]

village -- [VI-lidj]

vodka -- [‘vodka’]

volleyball -- [OUO-li-bool]

voltage -- [VÔÔL-tidj]

voyage -- [VOÏ-yidj]

version -- [VEÛ-cheunn]

week-end -- [‘weekend’]

whisky -- [‘whisky’]

zoo -- [zoû]

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More English Spelled Like French:

English Spelled Like French But with Accent Marks in French

Also, some of these French words adopted into English have retained the accent marks in English.

ENGLISH -- FRENCH -- [SAY IN ENGLISH ]

aerobic -- aérobic -- [è-RÔÔ-bik]

age -- âge -- [éidj]

cable -- câble -- [KÉI-beul]

cafe / café -- café -- [‘café’]

cinema -- cinéma -- [‘cinema’]

conference -- conférence -- [KONN-feu-reuns]

consommé -- consommé -- [‘consommé’]

credit -- crédit -- [KRÈ-dit]

deodorant -- déodorant -- [dii-ÔÔ-deu-reunnt]

declaration -- déclaration -- [dèk-leu-RÉI-cheunn]

desert -- désert -- [DÈ-zeut]

detergent -- détergent -- [dii-TEÛ-djeunnt]

different -- différent -- [DI-feu-reunt]

dinner -- dîner -- [DI-neu]

discotheque -- discothèque -- [‘discothèque’]

education -- éducation -- [èd-yoû-KÉI-cheunn]

elegant -- élégant -- [È-li-geunnt]

experience -- expérience -- [iks-PI-rii-eunns]

fiancé (m) -- fiancé -- [‘fiancé’]

fiancée (f) -- fiancée -- [‘fiancée’]

hotel -- hôtel -- [hôô-TÈL]

ingredients -- ingrédients -- [inn-GRII-dii-eunnts]

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

medical -- médical -- [MÈ-di-ceul]

niece -- nièce -- [niis]

opera -- opéra -- [OP-reu]

optician -- opticien -- [op-TI-cheunn]

pâté -- pâté -- [‘pâté’ / PÆ-téi]

pedicure -- pédicure -- [PÈ-di-kyoû]

piece -- pièce -- [piiss]

reaction -- réaction -- [ri-ÆK-cheunn]

reduction -- réduction -- [ri-DAK-cheunn]

region -- région -- [RI-djeunn]

reservation -- réservation -- [rè-seû-VÈI-cheunn]

rosé -- rosé -- [‘rosé’]

special -- spécial -- [SPÈ-cheul]

supplement -- supplément -- [SA-pleu-mènt]

(tele)phone -- téléphone -- [TÈ-leu-fôôn]

television -- télévision -- [TÈ-li-vi-jeunn]

television (set) -- télé -- [TÈ-li-vi-jeunn]

television (set) -- téléviseur -- [TÈ-li-vi-jeunn]

temperature -- température -- [TÈM-preu-tcheu]

video -- vidéo -- [VI-di-ôô]

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ENGLISH PHRASES SPELLED LIKE FRENCH

bed and breakfast -- [‘bed and’ BRÈK-feust]

chewing gum -- [tchyoû-inng ‘gum’]

cyber café (internet) -- [SAÏ-beu ‘cafe’]

hot dog -- [hot doog]

jet ski -- [djèt ‘ski’]

travel(l)er’s checks -- traveller’s checks -- [‘traveller’s’ tchèks]

Wi-Fi -- [OUAÏ-faï]

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