French Spelled Like English Somewhat

French Spelled Like English Somewhat are words similar to English, but spelled somewhat differently than English -- although easily recognizable as related to English.

After French Spelled Like English, the next easiest for English speakers are these French Words Spelled Somewhat Like English.

Because these French words are spelled somewhat differently than English, they are easier to recognize as foreign words than the ones spelled exactly like English.

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

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

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

An easiest introduction to French pronunciation is to pronounce each of these French words spelled somewhat like English. By hearing how the French pronunciation is somewhat similar to and somewhat different from the English pronunciation you are familiar with, you will begin to get an understanding of the French pronunciation system.

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French Spelled Somewhat Like English

FRENCH -- ENGLISH -- [SAY FRENCH]

à -- at -- [ah]

abandonner -- abandon -- [ah-ban-doh-NAY]

abbaye -- abbey -- [ah-ba-YEE]

abréviation -- abbreviation -- [ah-bray-vee-ah-see-YOHNG]

abricot -- apricot -- [ah-bree-KOH]

absolument -- absolutely -- [ahb-soh-loo- MAWNG]

accélérer -- accelerate -- [ahk-say-lay-RAY]

accepter -- accept -- [ahk-sehp-TAY]

accès -- access -- [ahk-SEH]

accessoire -- accessory -- [ahk-sehs-SWAHR]

accessoires -- accessories -- [ahk-sehs-SWAHR]

accompagner -- accompany -- [ah-kom-pah-NYAY]

accordéon -- accordion -- [ah-kor-day-OHNG]

accuser -- accuse -- [ah-koo-ZAY]

acte -- act (n) -- [ahkt]

acteur -- actor -- [ahk-TEWR]

activité -- activity -- [ahk-tee-vee-TAY]

activités -- activities -- [ahk-tee-vee-TAY]

actrice -- actress -- [ahk-TREESS]

adjectif -- adjective -- [ahd-zhehk-TEEF]

admettre -- admit -- [ahd-MEH-tr]

admirer -- admire -- [ahd-mee-RAY]

ado -- adolescent / teenager -- [ah-DOH]

adopter -- adopt -- [ah-dop-TAY]

adorer -- adore -- [ah-doh-RAY]

adresse -- address -- [ah-DREHS]

adulte -- adult -- [ah-DEWLT]

adverbe -- adverb -- ahd-VEHRB]

adversaire -- adversary -- [ahd-vehr-SEHR]

aéroport -- airport -- [ah-ay-roh-POHR]

agence -- agency -- [ah-ZHAWNGS]

aggraver -- aggravate -- [ah-grah-VAY]

aigle -- eagle -- [EH-gl]

air conditionné -- air-conditioning -- [‘air’ kon-dee-see-yoh-NAY]

alarme -- alarm -- [‘alarm’]

alcool -- alcohol -- [ahl-KOL]

alerte -- alert (n) -- [‘alert’]

allergie -- allergy -- [ah-lehr-ZHEE]

allergique -- allergic -- [ah-lehr-ZHEEK]

allô -- hello -- [ah-LOH]

alphabétique -- alphabetical -- [ahl-fah-bay-TEEK]

amandes -- almonds -- [ah-MAWNGD]

ambassade -- embassy -- [ahm-bah-SAHD]

ambitieux -- ambitious -- [ahm-bee-YEW]

américain -- American -- [ah-may-ree-KEHNG]

Amérique -- America -- [ah-may-REEK]

amusant -- amusing -- [ah-mew-ZAHNG]

anchois -- anchovies -- [ahng-SHWAH]

ancien -- ancient -- [ahng-see-EHNG]

ancre -- anchor -- [AHNG-kr]

ange -- angel -- [ahnzh]

anglais -- English -- [awng-GLEH]

animaux -- animals -- [ah-nee-MOH]

annoncer -- announce -- [ah-nong-SAY]

annuel -- annual -- [ah-nyew-EHL]

antenne -- antenna -- [ahng-TEHN]

antibiotique -- antibiotic -- [‘antibiotic’]

antiquités -- antiques -- [ahng-tee-kee-TAY]

anxieux -- anxious -- [ahng-see-EW]

août -- August -- [oot]

appart -- apartment, flat UK -- [ah-PAHRT]

appartement -- apartment, flat UK -- [ah-pahrt-MAWNG]

appendicite -- appendicitis -- [ah-pang-dee-SEET]

applaudir -- applaud -- [ah-ploh-DEER]

applaudissements -- applause -- [ah-ploh-dees-MAHNG]

arche -- arch -- [arsh]

armée -- army -- [ahr-MAY]

arranger -- arrange -- [ah-rahn-ZHAY]

arrivées -- arrivals -- [ah-ree-VAY]

arriver -- arrive -- [ah-ree-VAY]

arthrite -- arthritis -- [ahr-TREET]

artichaut -- artichoke -- [ahr-tee-SHOH]

artificiel -- artificial -- [ahr-tee-fee-see-EHL]

artiste -- artist -- [ahr-TEEST]

asperges -- asparagus -- [ah-SPEHRZH]

aspirine -- aspirin -- [ahs-pee-REEN]

asthme -- asthma -- [ahsm]

attaque -- attack -- [‘attack’]

australien(ne) -- Australian -- [oh-strah-lee-EHNG(EHN)]

auteur -- author -- [oh-TEWR]

autographe -- autograph -- [‘autograph’]

automatique -- automatic -- [‘automatic’]

automne -- autumn -- [oh-TON]

avantage -- advantage -- [ah-vahn-TAHZH]

aventure -- adventure -- [ah-vehn-TEWR]

avez -- have -- [ah-VAY]

avril -- April -- [ah-preel]

bagages -- baggage -- [bah-GAHZH]

banane -- banana -- [bah-NAHN]

banque -- bank -- [bahnk]

basilic -- basil -- [bah-zee-LEEK]

batterie -- battery -- [‘battery’]

bébé -- baby -- [bay-BAY]

Belge -- Belgian -- [behlzh]

bicyclette -- bicycle -- [bees-see-KLEHT]

bière -- beer -- [bee-YEHR]

bilingue -- bilingual -- [bee-LAHNG]

bip -- beep -- [‘beep’]

bleu -- blue -- [bluh]

bloquer -- block (v) -- [bloh-KAY]

bœuf -- beef -- [buhf]

bol -- bowl -- [‘bowl’]

bottes -- boots -- [boht]

boucle -- buckle -- [BOO-kl]

bouillir -- boil -- [boo-YEER]

bouteille -- bottle -- [boo-TEHY]

bouton -- button -- [boo-TAWNG]

branche -- branch -- [brawnsh]

bref -- brief -- [brehf]

brillant -- brilliant -- [bree-YAHNG]

brique -- brick -- [breek]

broche -- brooch -- [brohsh]

broderie -- embroidery -- [broh-DREE]

brocoli -- broccoli -- [‘broccoli’]

brosse -- brush -- [bross]

brun -- brown -- [brewng]

caisse -- cashier -- [kehs]

calendrier -- calendar -- [kah-lahng-dree-YAY]

câpres -- capers (food) -- [‘caper’]

carotte -- carrot -- [‘carrot’]

carte -- card -- [kahrt]

céleri -- celery -- [‘celery’]

cemetière -- cemetery -- [see-mer-TYEHR]

centre -- center -- [SAHNG-tr]

céréales -- cereal -- [‘cereal’]

chaise -- chair -- [shayz]

châle -- shawl -- [‘shawl’]

chapelle -- chapel -- [shah-PEHL]

chef -- chief -- ['chef']

chèques -- checks -- [shehk]

chikorée -- chickory -- [‘chickory’]

chinois(e) -- Chinese -- [sheen-WAH(Z)]

chiropracticien -- chiropractor -- [kee-roh-prahk-tees-YEHNG]

ciseaux -- scissors -- [see-ZOH]

collègue -- colleague -- [‘colleague’]

comprends -- comprehend -- [kohng-PRAWNG pah]

compte -- account -- [kawngt]

concombre -- cucumber -- [kawng-KAWNG-br]

connexion -- connection -- [koh-nek-see-YOHNG]

constipé -- constipated -- [kohng-stee-PAY]

corail -- coral -- [ko-RAH-y]

coriandre -- coriander -- [‘coriander’]

coton -- cotton -- [koh-TOHNG]

coûte -- cost (n) -- [koot]

crampes -- cramps -- [krahmp]

crème -- cream -- [krehm]

cristal -- crystal -- [‘crystal’]

croisière -- cruise (n) -- [krwah-zee-EHR]

croix -- cross -- [krwah]

cyclisme -- cycling -- [see-KLEESM]

danser -- dance -- [dawng-SAY]

dattes -- dates -- [daht]

décaféiné -- decaf -- [day-kah-fay-ee-NAY]

décaféiné -- decaffeinated -- [day-kah-fay-ee-NAY]

dentier -- denture -- [dahng-tee-AY]

dermatologue -- dermatologist -- [dayr-mah-toh-LOHG]

désinfectant -- disinfectant -- [day-zang-fehk-TAHNG]

diamant -- diamond -- [dee-yah-MAWNG ]

diarrhée -- diarrhea -- [dee-yah-RAY]

dictionnaire -- dictionary -- [deek-see-ohn-NEHR]

difficile -- difficult -- [dee-fee-SEEL]

douzaine -- dozen -- [‘dozen’]

drible -- dribble (soccer) -- [DREE-bluh]

écarlate -- scarlet -- [ay-kahr-LAHT]

échalote -- shallot -- [ay-shah-LOT]

échanger -- exchange -- [ay-shawng-ZHAY]

effet -- effect -- [eh-FEH]

endommagée -- damaged -- [awng-doh-mah-ZHAY]

emeraude -- emerald -- [ay-mehr-ROHD]

en -- in -- [ahng]

enfant -- infant -- [awng-FAWNG]

enregistrement -- registration -- [ahng-reh-zhee-streh-MAHNG]

entrée -- entry -- [awng-TRAY]

enveloppe -- envelope -- [‘envelope’]

épicé -- spicy -- [ay-pee-SAY]

épingle -- pin -- [ay-PANG-gl]

éponge -- sponge -- [ay-PAWNGZH]

equipée -- equipped -- [eh-kee-PAY]

est -- east -- [ehst]

estomac -- stomach -- [ehs-to-MAH]

étrange -- strange -- [ay-TRAWNGZH]

étudiant -- student -- [ay-tew-dee-YAWNG]

faisan -- pheasant -- [feh-ZAHNG]

famille -- family -- [fah-MEE-yuh]

ferme -- farm -- [fehrm]

février -- February -- [fay-vree-YAY]

fièvre -- fever -- [fee-YEH-vruh]

figue -- fig -- [‘fig’]

flanelle -- flannel -- [‘flannel’]

fleur -- flower -- [flurr]

fleuriste -- florist -- [flur-REEST]

fontaine -- fountain -- [‘fountain’]

forêt -- forest -- [foh-REH]

formul -- form -- [for-MEWL]

formulaire -- form -- [for-mew-LEHR]

forteresse -- fortress -- [for-te-RREHSS]

fourchette -- fork -- [foor-SHEHT]

frais / fraîche -- fresh -- [fray / ‘fresh’]

français -- French -- [frawng-SAY]

frange -- fringe -- [frahnzh]

frit -- fried -- [free]

gaz -- gas -- [gahz]

gelée -- jelly -- [‘jelly’]

gingembre -- ginger -- [zhang-ZHAHNG-br]

grec -- Greek -- [grehk]

gris -- gray / grey -- [gree]

gymnase -- gym(nasium) -- [zheem-NAHZ]

gynécologue -- gynecologist -- [zhee-nay-koh-LOHG]

handicapé -- handicapped -- [awng-dee-kah-PAY]

hareng -- herring -- [ah-RAHNG]

heure -- hour -- [uhr]

hindouiste -- Hindu -- [ehng-doo-EEST]

histoire -- history -- [ees-TWAHR]

hôpital -- hospital -- [oh-pee-TAHL]

huile -- oil -- [weel]

identité -- identification -- [ee-dawng-tee-TAY]

illimité -- unlimited -- [ee-lee-mee-TAY]

importée -- imported -- [ehng-pohr-TAY]

individuelle -- individual -- [‘individual’]

ingenieur -- engineer -- [ehng-zhay-NYEWR]

insérer -- insert -- [ang-say-RAY]

intéressant -- interesting -- [ehng-teh-reh-SAWNG]

italien -- Italian -- [ee-tah-lee-YEHNG]

ivoire -- ivory -- [ee-VWAHR]

jaquette -- jacket (woman’s) -- [zhah-KEHT]

janvier -- January -- [zhawng-vee-YAY]

japonaises -- Japanese -- [zhah-poh-NEHZ]

jardin -- garden -- [zhahr-DEHNG]

joindre -- join -- [ZHWEHNG-druh]

juillet -- July -- [zhwee-YAY]

juin -- June -- [zhwehng]

jus -- juice -- [‘juice’]

kasher -- kosher -- [kah-SHEHR]

kiosque -- kiosk -- [‘kiosk’]

lac -- lake -- [lahk]

lacets -- laces -- [lahs-SEH]

laitue -- lettuce -- [leh-TEW]

laxatif -- laxative -- [lahks-ah-TEEF]

leçon -- lesson -- [luh-SOHNG]

lentilles -- lentils -- [lahng-TEEY]

lesbienne -- lesbian -- [‘lesbian’]

limonade -- lemonade -- [lee-mo-NAHD]

lin -- linen -- [lang]

longue -- long -- [‘long’]

ma -- my -- [mah]

magnifique -- magnificent -- [mah-nee-FEEK]

mai -- May (month) -- [‘May’]

manucure -- manicure -- [mah-new-KEWR]

maquereau -- mackerel -- [mah-ker-ROH]

marché -- market -- [mahr-SHAY]

marié -- married -- [mah-ree-YAY]

mariné -- marinated -- [mah-ree-NAY]

mars -- March -- [mahrss]

matelas -- mattress -- [mah-teh-LAH]

mécanicien -- mechanic -- [may-kah-nees-YANG]

médicament -- medicine (remedy) -- [may-dee-kah-MAHNG]

menthe -- mint -- [‘mint’]

miroir -- mirror -- [meer-WAHR]

mon -- my -- [mawng]

monastère -- monastery -- [mo-nah-STEHR]

montagne -- mountain -- [mohng-TAH-nyuh]

moutarde -- mustard -- [moo-TAHRD]

mouton -- mutton -- [‘mutton’]

musée -- museum -- [mew-ZAY]

nausée -- nausea -- [noh-ZAY]

neveu -- nephew -- [nur-VUR]

nez -- nose -- [nay]

nom -- name -- [nohng]

non -- no -- [nohng]

nouilles -- noodles -- [noo-Y]

nuit -- night -- [nwee]

numéro -- number -- [new-may-ROH]

nuque -- neck -- [newk]

occupée -- occupied -- [oh-kew-PAY]

oignon -- onion -- [‘onion’]

oncle -- uncle -- [‘uncle’]

operatrice -- operator -- [oh-pay-rah-TREESS]

ou -- or -- [oo]

palais -- palace -- [pah-LAY]

papier -- paper -- [pah-pee-YAY]

paquet -- pack -- [pak-KAY]

par -- per -- [pahr]

parc -- park -- [‘park’]

parquer -- park (v) -- [pahr-KAY]

paquet -- packet -- [pah-KEH]

parfum -- perfume -- [pahr-FANG]

parti -- party -- [‘party’]

partir -- depart -- [pahr-TEER]

partnaire -- partner -- [‘partner’]

passeport -- passport -- [pahs-POHR]

pâtes -- pasta -- [paht]

pâtisserie -- pastry -- [pah-tees-ser-REE]

pêche -- peach -- [pehsh]

peintre -- painter -- [‘painter’]

peinture -- painting -- [pang-TEWR]

pendentif -- pendant -- [pahng-dahng-TEEF]

perle -- pearl -- [pehrl]

persil -- parsley -- [pehr-SEE]

personne -- person -- [pehr-SOHN]

pilule -- pill -- [pee-LEWL]

pique-nique -- picnic -- [peek-NEEK]

pisse -- piss -- [‘piss’]

platine -- platinum -- [plah-TEEN]

poche -- pocket -- [posh]

politique -- political -- poh-lee-TEEK]

porc -- pork -- [por]

poterie -- pottery -- [pot-ter-REE]

poudre -- powder -- [POO-dr]

pour -- for -- [poor]

pour -- per -- [poor]

prescrire -- prescribe -- [prehs-KREER]

privé -- private -- [pree-VAY]

prix -- price -- [pree]

pruneaux -- prunes -- [prew-NOH]

pyjama -- pajamas -- [pee-zhah-MAH]

quartier -- quarter -- [kahr-tee-YAY]

raquette -- racket -- [‘racket’]

rasoir -- razor -- [rahz-WAHR]

réceptionnaire -- receptionist -- [ray-sehp-see-oh-NEHR]

recommander -- recommend -- [reh-koh-mawng-DAY]

rectangulaire -- rectangular -- [rehk-tahng-gew-LEHR]

réduite -- reduced -- [ray-DWEET]

rejetée -- rejected -- [ruh-zhuh-TAY]

réparer -- repair -- [ray-pah-RAY]

répéter -- repeat -- [ray-pay-TAY]

responsable -- responsible -- [‘responsible’]

rivière -- river -- [ree-vee-YEHR]

riz -- rice -- [ree]

rond -- round -- [rawng]

rosbif -- roast beef -- [rohz-’BEEF’]

rôti -- roasted -- [roh-TEE]

rubis -- ruby -- [‘ruby’]

ruhm -- rum -- [‘rum’]

safran -- saffron -- [sah-FRAHNG]

saison -- season -- [seh-ZAWNG]

salé -- salty -- [sah-LAY]

saucisse -- sausage -- [sohs-SEESS]

sauge -- sage -- [sohzh]

saumon -- salmon -- [‘salmon’]

secondaire -- secondary -- [suh-kohng-DEHR]

secrétaire -- secretary -- [sehk-ray-TEHR]

shampooing -- shampoo -- [shawng-poo-WEENG]

sirop -- syrup -- [‘syrup’]

socialisme -- socialism -- [soh-see-yah-LEES-muh]

soliste -- soloist -- [so-LEEST]

sommet -- summit -- [soh-MAY]

soustitres -- subtitles -- []

spaghettis -- spaghetti -- [‘spaghetti’]

spécialiste -- specialist -- [spay-see-yah-LEEST]

spécialisé -- specialized -- [spay-see-yah-lee-ZAY]

spécialités -- specialties -- [spay-see-yah-lee-TAY]

sportif -- sports (adj) -- [spor-TEEF]

stade -- stadium -- [stahd]

stéroïdes -- steroids -- [stay-roh-EED]

sucre -- sugar -- [SOO-kr]

Suisse(sse) -- Swiss -- [‘Swiss’]

supérieure -- superior -- [‘superior’]

supermarché -- supermarket -- [soo-pehr-mahr-SHAY]

suppositoires -- suppositories -- [soo-poh-zee-TWAHR]

synogoge -- synogogue -- [‘synogogue’]

taileur -- tailor -- [tah-YUHR]

tante -- aunt -- [tahngt]

télé -- television (set) -- [tay-LAY]

téléviseur -- television (set) -- [tay-lay-vee-ZURR]

thé -- tea -- [tay]

thon -- tuna -- [tawng]

thym -- thyme -- [tang]

toilettes -- toilets -- [twah-LEHT]

tomate -- tomato -- [to-MAHT]

tombe -- tomb -- [tawngb]

topaze -- topaz -- [‘topaz’]

traditionnel -- traditional -- [trah-dee-see-yohng-NEHL]

traitement -- treatment -- [treht-MAHNG]

tranquillisants -- tranquilizers -- [trahng-kee-lee-ZAHNG]

trop -- too -- [troh]

truite -- trout -- [trweet]

un -- one -- [ang]

vacances -- vacation -- [vah-KAWNGS]

valeur -- value -- [vah-LURR]

vallée -- valley -- [vah-LAY]

veau -- veal -- [voh]

végétarien -- vegetarian -- [vay-zhay-tah-ree-YEHNG]

venaison -- venison -- [‘venison’]

vertiges -- vertigo -- [vehr-TEEZH]

vin -- wine -- [vehng]

vinaigre -- vinegar -- [‘vinegar’]

visiter -- visit (v) -- [vee-zee-TAY]

vous -- you -- [voo]

vue -- view -- [vew]

yeux -- eyes -- [yuh]

yaourt -- yogurt / yoghurt -- [yah-OORT]

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Most French words related to English are spelled differently than English, but are still easy to recognize as related to English.

[Fewer French words are spelled exactly like English.]

But you will be able to readily recognize and read French words related to English even though they are spelled differently than in English.

This lesson includes only common examples of French Spelled Somewhat Differently Than English. Many more exist because words spelled differently are the largest group of French-English cognates.

This lesson focuses on common patterns of French Spelled Somewhat Differently Than English.

Many more French spelling variations exist that may be somewhat more difficult to recognize as related to English.

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Jumbled English

The following example of Jumbled English shows that you will be able to readily recognize and read French words related to English even though they are spelled quite a bit differently than in English.

This can be demonstrated by the following fascinating sentences written in Jumbled English, that you will be able to read:

“It deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm. Tihs is buseace the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.”At first it would seem that a single word jumbled like this would be easier to decipher. But it helps that these jumbled words are in phrases and sentences that are meaningful. Surrounding words make it quicker to understand any single word. For example:

It deosn’t mttaer

in waht oredr

the ltteers in a wrod

you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm

“…our brains can recognize a word and its meaning even if the letters within the word are jumbled. Like a detective, our brains take many aspects of the word into account and formulate an educated guess as to what the word may be. In thsee cseas, it is anzaimg how sarmt our bainrs rlaely are…”

This is one reason that a thousand foreign words similar to English are easier to remember than ten foreign words unrelated to English.

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So the point to gain from this jumbled English is that you will be able to readily recognize and read French words related to English even though they are spelled differently than in English.

You already are familiar with spelling variations in English --

Noun Plural Variations add S or ES: cat, cats --

Noun Possessive Variations add ‘S or S’: cat’s, cats’ --

Verb Variations: go, goes, going, gone.

So think of different foreign spelling of English words as just some more spelling variations that you will begin to remember.

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Most foreign words related to English are spelled differently than English, but are still easy to recognize as related to English.


Easy French Lesson -- French Spelled Like English Somewhat


French that somewhat resembles two English words can be helpful or misleading.



For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest French Phrases where some of these same French words appear in phrases similar to English.


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