UN

French nasal vowel

The nasal U is represented by the IPA symbol [œ̃] and is pronounced [eu(n)]:

  • [eu] is pronounced much like the oo in "good"
  • (n) represents the nasal sound

[œ̃] may be spelled un or um.

Par exemple…

un   one
lundi   Monday
humble   humble
le parfum   perfume

  In France, many speakers do not pronounce the nasal U as [œ̃], but rather [ɛ̃]. Outside of France, the distinction is usually maintained.

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