FRENCH VOWEL GROUPS

The following vowel letters in combination make single vowel sounds. Any other vowels that come together should be pronounced separately.

LETTER SOUND AS IN WORD NOTES

ai e set lait
au o bone faux
eau o bone eau
ei e set beige
eu ir bird seul spelt oeu in a few words
oi wa wag toi
ou oo boot sou
ou w wet oui before a vowel

  • euwith rounded lips and no 'r' sound (Pronounced with tightly rounded lips when final)


Note: Before a vowel, ai, ei, oi, and ui are spelt with a y, eg 'mayonnaise', and pronounced with a 'y' sound after them.



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