IPA – Vowels

French IPA - Vowels
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Voyelles en IPA

French has a total of 19 different vowel sounds and therefore 19 different IPA symbols for vowels, divided into three categories:

Click the links under "spelling" for detailed lessons on those letters, and the links under "examples" for sound files.

IPA Spelling Examples
[a] A agacécar
[ɑ] Â
AS
pâtes
base
[e] AI
É
ES
EI
ER
EZ
gai
été
c’est
peiner
février
nez
[ɛ] È
Ê
E
AI
EI
exprès
tête
usuel
anglais
treize
[ə] E lesamedi (E instable)
[œ] EU
ŒU
heure
cœur
[ø] EU
ŒU
hébreu
vœu
[i] I
Y
six
allons-y
[o] O
Ô
AU
EAU
numérorose
à bientôt
autobus
bateau
[ɔ] O gazolehorrifié
[u] OU courgettenous
[y] U
Û
tucarburant
bûcher
     
Nasal vowels
[ɑ̃] AN
AM
EN
EM
janvier
lampe
content
décembre
[ɛ̃] IN
IM
AIN
EN
YM
etc.
cinq
impuissant
pain
européen
sympa
 
[ɔ̃] ON
OM
onzebonbons
nomcomposter
[œ̃] UN
UM
unlundi
humble
     
Semi-vowels
[j] I
IL
ILL
Y
questionbien
fauteuilbail
grenouillejuillet
yeuxyaourt
[w] OI
OU
W
ouestoui
[ɥ] U huitSuède

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