The letter Q, which always has to be followed by U,* is usually pronounced like K or the hard French C. Phonetic symbol: [k].
|the letter k|
|une piqûre||bite, sting|
However, there are a few words in which Q is pronounced "kw" like in English.
|une aquarelle||watercolor painting|
* Except at the end of a word: cinq (five), le coq (rooster).
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