Semi-vowels

Semi-Voyelles

Semi-vowels, aka semi-consonants, are sounds pronounced somewhere between vowels and consonants. (Très logique, n’est-ce pas ?) They’re created by partially obstructing the passage of air through the mouth, and can also be called glides or approximants.

French has three semi-vowels, each of which corresponds phonetically to a normal, "pure" vowel:

  Semi-vowel Corresponding vowel
1. [j] [i]
2. [w] [u]
3. [ɥ] [y]

Characteristics of a semi-vowel

  • Phonetically equivalent to a pure vowel
  • Creates a diphthong with the vowel it precedes or follows
  • Cannot be a syllable on its own

See IPA – vowels for details on how to pronounce and spell these sounds.

 Related lessons

 Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

French semi-vowels

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.