French pronunciation for beginners


Speak like a real French person!

I am used to explaining French pronunciation as simply and clearly as possible in my online  lessons for children.

I have therefore written:

  • In color, the letters that are not pronounced.
  • The English transcription of all French words.

My aim is to show you that French is easy and that you can speak it immediately!

My beginners understand everything right away because I translate everything into English and write the French phonetics in English.

This makes them feel very comfortable and confident in their language skills. 

Then, in my classes, I speak more and more French and finally only will speak French! And your children will understand!

As a native French teacher, I will be happy to help you pronounce French perfectly, please contact me to book a private lesson!

Letters with English transcription

In French,  we do not pronounce many letters!

  • h is never pronounced.
  • d, e, s, t, x are not pronounced at the end of the words.
  • à reads like “ah“:

à (ah) = in

  • ç reads like “s“:

française (franhsehz) = French woman 

  • The letter e is pronounced “eh” before two consonants:

elle (ehl)   she

  • The letter e is read as  “uh” at the end of words if the words have one syllable:

1 syllable: je (zhuh)   I      

  • The letter e at the end of words is not pronounced:

Julie (zhewlee)   Julie

  • é reads like “ay“:

Elle téléphone (ehl taylayfohn) She calls.

  • è, ê reads like an “eh“: 

le père (luh pehr)   father

Vous‿êtes. (voo zheht)   You are.

  • ô reads like “o“:

à bientôt (ah byanto)   see you soon

  • s is not pronounced at the end of words :

Je suis. (zhuh sewee)   I am.

  • s is pronounced “z” between two vowels:

Toulouse (toolooz) Toulouse (city in France)

  • If s at the beginning of word or if 2 s, then it is pronounced “s“:

super (sewpehr)   super

  •  x reads like “ks“:

 la connexion (lah kohnehkcyohn)   the connection

Letters that cannot be read!

  • The letter h can never be read:

Elle habite (ehl ahbeet)   She lives

  • d is not pronounced at the end of words:

quand (kahn)   when.

  • e is not pronounced at the end of words:

Julie (zhewlee)   Julie

  • x is not pronounced at the end of words:

Je veux (zhuh  vuh)   I want

  • ent is not pronounced at the end of verbs:         

Ils lisent (eel leez)   They read.

Letter combinations with English transcription

  • ai, reads like “eh“:

français (frahnseh)   French

s’il vous plt (seel vew pleh)   please

  • ain, in reads like “an”:

l’écrivain (laykreevan)   writer

cinq (sank)   five

  • an  reads like “ahn“:

français (frahnseh)   French

  • am  reads like “ahn“:

la campagne (lah kahmpanyah)   country

  • em  reads like “ahn“:

septembre (sehptahnbr)   september

  • au reads like “o”:

au revoir (o ruhvwahr)   goodbye

  • eau reads like “o”:

beaucoup (bokew)   many

  • ch reads like “sh“:

il marche (eel mahrsh)    he works

  •  en reads like “ahn“:

vraiment (vrehmahn)   really

  • er at the end of verbs reads like “ay“:

habiter (ahbitay)   to live

  • et at the end of words reads like “ay:”

le billet (luh beeyay)   ticket

  • eu reads like “uh“:

heureuse (uhruhz)   happy

  • gn reads like “ny”:

la campagne (lah cahnpahny) village 

  • gu reads like “g“:

la langue (lah lahng)   the language

  • ien reads like”yan“:

bien (byan)   well

  • ier reads as “yay“:

janvier (zhahnvyay)   january

  • ieu reads as “yuh“:

monsieur  (muhsyuh)

  • ill reads like “eey“:

la famille (lah fahmeey)   family

  • ion reads like “yohn“:

la connexion (lah konehksyohn)   connection