Q

French consonant

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
quand   when
qui   who
une piqûre   bite, sting

However, there are a few words in which Q is pronounced "kw" like in English.

l’équateur   equator
une aquarelle   watercolor painting

* Except at the end of a word: cinq (five), le coq (rooster).

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