You can form almost every sound in the French alphabet using the English sounds that you already know.
The French alphabet is the same as the English one but not all letters are pronounced the same way, and some letters can have accents, which change the way they are pronounced.
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Below is an audio guide to the pronunciation of the letters of the French alphabet.
Note that the letters k and w are not commonly used except in regional or loan words. For example; kilogramme, kilomètre
aah (like opening your mouth for the dentist)
jay (like J in English)
jee (similar to G in English)
Rocket Record lets you perfect your French pronunciation. Just listen to the native speaker audio and then use the microphone icon to record yourself. Once you’re done, you’ll get a score out of 100 on your pronunciation and can listen to your own audio playback. (Use a headset mic for best results.) Problems? Click here!
bar / rod
ice / ice cream
to wear / to carry
That's probably enough pronunciation practice for now! With these French lessons, remember the more you listen, the more you'll be able to recognize words as they're spoken.
I would recommend learning more about French accents and French numbers next.
À bientôt !
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team
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