The French R

Contrary to the English r, the French r is pronounced by moving the tongue to the back of the mouth.


Pronouncing r the french way, will help you be understood better and not only greatly improve how you sound in French, it will help you be understood better. Sometimes when I felt I was exagerating my French 'r', my teacher still thought it sounded good however you can still overdue it.

Vowel Sounds

ou vous - jour
oi toi - voiture
on / om bonbon - pompier
ai fraise - aimer
ei treize - peigner
ain train - demain
ein peinture - ceintre
in/im/ym invisible - important - sympa
un / um lundi - humble
en / em comment - embouteillages
an / am chanter - jambe
eu cheveux - heureux
eur chanteur - aspirateur
oeur coeur - soeur
oin plus ou moins - point
au jaune - dauphin
eau chateau - beau
ay pays - rayure
oy voyage - aboyer
table contributed by Virgine Fernandez

to be continued..

(old pronuncation guide)

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