Help:IPA/French

The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents French language pronunciations in Wikipedia articles. For a guide to adding IPA characters to Wikipedia articles, see {{IPAc-fr}} and Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Pronunciation § Entering IPA characters.

French has no word-level stress so stress marks should not be used in transcribing French words. See French phonology and French orthography for a more thorough look at the sounds of French.

Consonants
IPAExamplesEnglish approximation
bbonabout
ddeux, grandetoday
ffaire, viffestival
ɡgarçon, longueagain
kcorps, avecsky
llaisser, possible, seulloo
mmêmemoo
nnous, bonneno
ɲgagner, champagnecanyon
ŋcamping, bingo[1]camping
ppère, groupespy
ʁregarder, nôtre[2]Guttural R, roughly like Scottish English loch
ssans, ça, assezsir
ʃchanceshoe
ttout, thé, grand-onclesty
vvous, wagon, neuf heuresvein
zzéro, raison, chosezeal
ʒjamais, visagemeasure
Semivowels
jfief, payer, fille, travailyet
woui, loi, moyen, web, whiskywet
ɥhuit, Puylike a simultaneous wet and yet
Vowels[3]
Oral vowels
IPAExamplesEnglish approximation
apatte, làtrap
ɑpâte, glas[4]bra
eclé, les, chez, aller, pied, journéehate
ɛbaie, faite, mettre, renne, crème, peinebest
ɛːfête, mtre, mètre, reine, rtre, caisse, presse, Lemaistre, Lévesque[4]fairy
əreposer, monsieur, faisons[5]again (often elided, see e muet)
isi, île, régie, ybee
œsœur, jeuneroughly like bird
øceux, jner, queueroughly like bird
osaut, haut, bureaustory
ɔsort, minimumoff
ucoup, rouetoo
ytu, sûr, rueroughly like few
Nasal vowels
ɑ̃sans, champ, vent, temps, Jean, taonroughly like on, nasalized [ɒ] or [ɑ]. rendez-vous
ɛ̃vin, impair, pain, daim, plein, Reims, synthèse, sympa, bienroughly like man; nasalized [æ] or [ɛ]
œ̃un, parfum[4]roughly like burn; nasalized [œ]
ɔ̃son, nomroughly like long; nasalized [o] or [ɔ]
Suprasegmentals
IPAExampleDescription
.pays [pe.i][6]syllable boundary
les agneaux [lez‿aˈɲo]liaison[7]

Notes

  1. ^ In European French, /ŋ/ is often pronounced [ŋɡ], but in Québec, it is merged with /ɲ/.
  2. ^ The French rhotic /ʁ/ is usually uvular, but it varies by region. For example, in Québec both [r] and [ʀ] are used, depending on both region and age.
  3. ^ Nasal vowels are lengthened before any consonant, but oral vowels are lengthened before [v, ʁ, z, ʒ].
  4. ^ a b c In Parisian French, /œ̃/ is usually merged with /ɛ̃/, /ɑ/ with /a/ and /ɛː/ with /ɛ/. The pairs may be distinguished in Belgian, Swiss and Canadian French and in some regions of France or among older speakers.
  5. ^ /ə/ is frequently pronounced as [ø]. See e muet for more information.
  6. ^ The syllable break ⟨.⟩ is used sparingly.
  7. ^ In liaison, the latent final consonant is pronounced before a following vowel sound, but s and x are voiced and pronounced [z], and d is unvoiced and pronounced [t].
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