Lawless French Forum – Bonjour !

Clear all

Bonjour et bienvenue au forum Lawless French !

To start a new discussion, please choose a folder and then click the blue "Add topic" button.

Exceptions to French pronunciation stress on ultimate syllable?  


Joined: 2 months ago
Posts: 1
4 August 2020 4:24  

Hi. So I heard a person speaking in English trying to pronounce in French the name Éric. The stressed syllable was the penultimate syllable. If I remember correctly, French words that have two or more syllables are always pronounced with the stress on the ultimate syllable. Are there exceptions to French pronunciation the ultimate syllable? Je pensai que le nom Éric se prononcerait é-RIC et ne pas É-ric. What is the correct pronunciation?


Member Admin
Joined: 6 years ago
Posts: 239
4 August 2020 9:29  

Bonjour -

There is no individual word stress in French. Instead, French stresses the last syllable of what are known as rhythmic groups ( ).

So if you say for example, Éric est intelligent, the stress would be on -gent.

When trying to mimic English word stress, French speakers are likely to stress the last syllable of any given word, but in French this does not exist.


More Lawless French

Subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter:

French Tips and Tools

Stay up to date with Lawless French

Any Questions?

 Get help on the forum.

More Lawless French

 Subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter.

Support Lawless French

  This free website is created with love and a great deal of work.

If you love it, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation.

Your support is entirely optional but tremendously appreciated.