French Spelled Like English

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

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

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

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

Some French words are spelled like English but have an accent mark over a letter in French, like 'âge', and sometimes in English, like 'café' and ‘fiancée’.

The French words below are followed by their pronunciations to help you realize that these foreign words spelled exactly like English are really French words.

Some French words are pronounced like English, and in the following pronunciation guide the 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-’]

In French all syllables are pronounced with almost equal stress, but with slightly more stress on the final syllable in most words (but not all words). With these French words spelled like English, it is important to avoid putting stress on whatever syllable you usually would stress in English. So in the French pronunciation guide, the syllable to stress slightly is in capitals.

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FRENCH SPELLED LIKE ENGLISH

FRENCH & ENGLISH WORD -- [SAY IN FRENCH]

accessible -- [ahk-seh-SEE-bluh]

accident -- [ahk-see-DAWNG]

acupuncture -- [ah-kew-pokngk-TEWR]

adorable -- adorable -- [ah-doh-RAH-bluh]

agent -- [aw-ZHAHNG]

altitude -- [ahl-tee-TOOD]

arrogant -- [ah-roh-GAHNG]

article -- [ahr-tee-KLUH]

audio -- [oh-dee-YOH]

baby-sitter -- [bah-bee-see-TUHR]

baggage -- [bah-GAHZH]

bar -- [‘bar’]

barette -- [‘barette’]

bikini -- [bee-kee-NEE]

bracelet -- [brahs-LAY]

buffet -- [‘buffet’]

bureau -- [boo-ROH]

bus -- [bews]

cabaret -- [‘cabaret’]

camping -- [kawng-PEENG]

carafe -- [‘carafe’]

cascade -- [kahs-KAHD]

casino -- [kah-zee-NOH]

centre (Br) -- [SAWNG-truh]

champion -- [shahng-PYOHNG]

chef -- [‘chef’]

chocolate -- [shoh-koh-LAH]

cigarette -- [‘cigarette’]

club -- [‘club’]

cocktail -- [‘cocktail’]

code -- [‘code’]

commence -- [koh-MAWNGS]

commercial -- [koh-mehr-see-YAHL]

compatible -- [kohng-pat-TEE-bluh]

compliments -- [kohng-plee-MAWNG ]

concert -- [kohng-SEHR]

contact -- [kohng-TAHKT]

courts -- [koor]

cousin (m) -- [koo-ZEHNG]

danger -- [dawng-ZHAY]

dessert -- [day-SEHR]

destination -- [deh-stee-nah-see-YOHNG]

direction -- [dee-rayk-see-YOHNG]

distance -- [dee-STAWNGS]

dollar -- [doh-LAHR]

escalator -- [ehs-kah-lah-TOHR]

euro -- [uh-ROH]

excellent -- [ehk-seh-LAHNG]

excursion -- [ehk-skewr-see-YOHNG]

fax -- [‘fax’]

ferry -- [fay-REE]

film -- [feelm]

format -- [fohr-MAH]

fruit -- [frwee]

future -- [foo-TEWR]

garage -- [‘garage’]

gay -- [‘gay’]

gluten -- [glew-TAWNG]

golf -- [‘golf’]

grand-parents -- [grawng-pah-RAWNG]

guide -- [geed]

identification -- [ee-dehn-tee-fee-kah-see-YOHNG]

infection -- [ehng-fehk-see-YOHNG]

innocent -- [ee-noh-SAWNG]

internet -- [ehng-tehr-NEHT]

intersection -- [ehng-tehr-sehk-see-YOHN]

iTunes -- [ee-TOON]

jazz -- [zhahz]

judo -- [zhoo-doh]

juice -- [zhew]

kitchenette -- [kee-shee-NEHT]

Kleenex® (tissues) -- [‘Kleenex’]

large -- [lahrzh]

lactose -- [lahk-TOHZ]

long -- [‘long’]

lotion -- [loh-see-YOHNG]

Mac (MacIntosh computer) -- [mahk]

machine -- [‘machine’]

magazine -- [‘magazine’]

mascara -- [‘mascara’]

massage -- [‘massage’]

match (game) -- [‘match’]

mayonnaise -- [mah-yohng-NEHZ]

menu -- [muh-NEW]

message -- [meh-SAHZH]

minute -- [mee-NOOT]

monument -- [mohng-oo-MAWNGT]

match (game) -- [‘match’]

moustache -- [‘moustache’]

navigation -- [nah-veh-gah-see-YOHNG]

niece -- [nee-YEHS]

observation -- [ohb-sehr-vah-see-YOHNG]

occupants -- [oh-koo-PAWNG]

office -- [oh-FEES]

Oh -- [‘oh’]

par -- [‘par’]

parachute -- [‘parachute’]

parasol -- [‘parasol’]

Pardon (sorry) -- [pahr-DOHNG]

parents -- [pah-RAWNG]

parking -- [‘parking’]

petite -- [‘petite’]

photos -- [‘photo’]

pizza -- [‘pizza’]

pizzeria -- [‘pizzeria’]

plan -- [plawng]

plus -- [ploo]

point -- [pwehng]

pop (music) -- [‘pop’]

portions -- [pohr-see-YOHN]

position -- [poh-zee-see-YOHNG]

possible -- [poh-SEE-bluh]

premier -- [pruh-mee-YAY]

profession -- [proh-fehs-see-YOHNG]

promenade -- [‘promenade’]

prudent -- [proo-DAWNG]

public -- [poo-BLEEK]

pudding -- [POU-dinng]

radio -- [rah-dee-OH]

rap (music) -- [rahp]

reggae -- [‘reggae’]

restaurant -- [reh-stoh-RAWNG]

sandwich -- [sahnd-WEESH]

satellite -- [sah-tuh-LEET]

sauce -- [‘sauce’]

sauna -- [soh-NAH]

score -- [‘score’]

section -- [sehk-see-YOHN]

senior -- [say-NYOHR]

service -- [sehr-VEES]

sexy -- [‘sexy’]

six -- [sees]

ski -- [‘ski’]

slow (dance) -- [‘slow’]

snowboard -- [‘snowboard’]

soda -- [‘soda’]

solution -- [soh-lew-see-YOHNG]

souvenir -- [‘souvenir’]

spa -- [‘spa’]

sport -- [spohr]

station -- [stah-see-YOHN]

steaks -- [‘steak’]

styles -- [steel]

suites -- [‘suite’]

surgeon -- [soor-ZHOHNG]

synagogue -- [see-nah-GOHG]

table -- [TAH-bluh]

tampons -- [tawng-POHNG]

taxi -- [tahk-SEE]

tennis -- [tay-NEES]

terminal -- [tehr-mee-NAHL]

terrain -- [teh-REHNG]

terrible -- [teh-REE-bluh]

traces -- [trahs]

train -- [trehng]

T-shirt -- [‘T-shirt’]

type -- [teep]

urgent -- [ewr-ZHAWNG]

vaginal -- [vah-zhee-NAHL]

valise -- [vah-LEEZ]

version -- [vehr-see-YOHNG]

voyage -- [vwah-YAHZH]

week-end -- [‘weekend’]

Wi-Fi -- [wee-FEE]

yoga -- [‘yoga’]

zoo -- [zoh]

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Capitalized in English But Not in French

april -- April -- [ah-PREEL]

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More French Spelled Like English:

French Spelled Like English But with Accent Marks in French

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

FRENCH -- ENGLISH -- [SAY IN FRENCH]

aérobic -- aerobic -- [ah-ay-roh-BEEK]

âge -- age -- [ahzh]

athlète -- athlete -- [aht-LEHT]

câble -- cable -- [KAH-bluh]

café -- cafe / café -- [‘cafe’]

cinéma -- cinema -- [‘cinema’]

coïncidence -- coincidence -- [koh-ang-see-DAHNS]

cône -- cone -- [‘cone’]

conférence -- conference -- [kohng-fay-RAWNGS]

consommé -- consommé -- [‘consommé’]

crédit -- credit -- [kray-DEE]

déclaration -- declaration -- [day-klah-rah- see-YOHNG]

déodorant -- deodorant -- [day-oh-doh-RAWNG]

désert -- desert -- [day-SEHR]

détergent -- detergent -- [day-tehr-ZHAWNG]

différent -- different -- [dee-fay-RAHNGT]

dîner -- dinner -- [dee-NAY]

discothèque -- discotheque -- [‘discotheque’]

éducation -- education -- [ay-dew-kah-see-YOHNG]

élection -- election -- [ay-lehk- see-YOHNG]

élégant -- elegant -- [ay-lay-GAHNT]

expérience -- experience -- [ehk-spay-ree-YAWNGS]

fiancé -- fiancé (m) -- [‘fiancé’]

fiancée (f) -- fiancée -- [‘fiancée’]

hôtel -- hotel -- [oh-TEHL]

ingrédients -- ingredients -- [ehng-gray-dee-YEHNG]

mâle -- male -- [mahl]

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

médical -- medical -- [may-dee-KAHL]

negligée -- negligee -- [nehg-lee-ZHAY]

nièce -- niece -- [nee-YEHS]

opéra -- opera -- [oh-pay-RAH]

pâle -- pale -- [pahl]

pâté -- pâté -- [‘pâté’]

pédicure -- pedicure -- [pay-dee-KEWR]

pièce -- piece -- [pee-YEHS]

réduction -- reduction -- [ray-dewk-see-YOHNG]

région -- region -- [ray-zhee-YOHNG]

réservation -- reservation -- [ray-zehr-vah-see-YOHNG]

rôle -- role -- [‘role’]

rosé -- rosé -- [‘rosé’]

scène -- scene -- [sehn]

spécial -- special -- [spay-see-YAHL]

supplément -- supplement -- [soo-play-MEHNT]

suprême -- supreme -- [sew-PREHM]

téléphone -- telephone -- [tay-lay-FOHN]

télévision -- television -- [tay-lay-vee-zee-YOHNG]

température -- temperature -- [tehm-pay-rah-TEWR]

thème -- theme -- [tehm]

vidéo -- video -- [vee-day-OH]

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FRENCH PHRASES SPELLED LIKE ENGLISH:

bed and breakfast -- [‘bed and’ brayk-FAHST]

chewing gum -- [shew-weeng ‘gum’]

cyber café (internet) -- [see-BEHR ‘cafe’]

hot dog -- [oht dohg]

jet ski -- [zheht ‘ski’]

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