French Pronounced Like English

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

The very easiest French Pronunciations are French words spelled like English and also pronounced like English.

These are also the very easiest French words to take with you when you travel to France.

Some of the following French words pronounced like English were borrowed from French and still pronounced in English like they were in French originally: ‘cafe’, ‘fiancée’, ‘garage’, ‘machine’, ‘magazine’, ‘massage’, ‘petite’, and many others.

Some of the following French words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like ‘T-shirt’. Some others have been borrowed by both English and French from other languages, like ‘opera’ from Italian.

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

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

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

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French Words Spelled Like English And Pronounced Like English:

FRENCH -- [SAY LIKE ENGLISH]

altitude -- [‘altitude’]

animal -- [‘animal’]

aubergine (eggplant) -- [‘aubergine’]

ballet -- [‘ballet’]

bar -- [‘bar’]

beige -- [‘beige’]

cabaret -- [‘cabaret’]

café -- [‘café / 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 French Pronounced Like English And Spelled Like English:

SPELLED ALIKE BUT WITH NO ACCENT MARKS IN ENGLISH

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

FRENCH -- ENGLISH -- [SAY LIKE ENGLISH]

cinéma -- cinema -- [‘cinema’]

consommé -- consommé -- [‘consommé’]

discothèque -- discotheque -- [‘discothèque’]

fiancé (m) -- fiancé -- [‘fiancé’]

fiancée (f) -- fiancée -- [‘fiancée’]

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

pâté -- pâté -- [‘pâté’]

rosé -- rosé -- [‘rosé’]

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

FRENCH PRONOUNCED LIKE ENGLISH BUT SPELLED DIFFERENT:


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






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