French Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the French Alphabet you will find some useful resources including a course about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your French grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn French. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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French Alphabet

Learning the French alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the French language.

Below is a table showing the French alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

French AlphabetEnglish SoundPronunciation Example
A/ɑ/a as in apple
B/be/b as in boss
C/se/s as in song before i,e,y or k elsewhere
Ç/se/s as in song
D/de/d as in David
E/ø/e as in elephant
F/ɛf/f as in France
G/ʒe/g as in gym before i,e,y or g as in golf elsewhere
H/aʃ/silent
I/i/i as in Italy
J/ʒi/j as in pleasure
K/ka/k as in kit
L/ɛl/l as in lamb
M/ɛm/m as in man
N/ɛn/n as in nice
O/o/o as in opera
P/pe/p as in play
Q/ky/q as in queue
R/ɛʁ/r as in Paris
S/ɛs/s as in sand
T/te/t as in time
U/y/u as in ultimate
V/ve/v as in vault
W/dubləve/ "double v"w as in world
X/iks/x as in wax
Y/iɡʁɛk/ "i grec"y as in year
Z/zɛd/z as in zebra
Œ/ø/o as in oops
Æ/e/ay as in May
âa as in apple
êe as in elephant
îi as ininland
ôo as in online
ûu as in ultimate

French Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

French Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in French. Once you're done with French alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our French lessons here: Learn French. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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