PRONOUNCING THE LETTER E

Vowels This ubiquitous letter can be pronounced in several different ways.

LETTER SOUND AS IN WORD NOTES

e e let cerveau Also pronounced as 'a' in a few words, eg 'femme' and the ending '-emment'
e uh about le see below
e come chaise usually silent - see bellow
ê e set forêt Generally, When ê comes in a syllable before a é sound, it changes to that sound
è e set sèche
é ay say blè

  • - a single sound between English 'ee' and 'e'.


Note: Unaccented e is silent (a) when final (generally) and (b) in the second-last syllable after a single consonant. It is pronounced like 'a' in 'about' (a) in monosyllables (eg de, le), (b) in the second-last syllable after two or more consonant sounds, and (c) when final after two or more consonants.



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