French Alphabet

French AlphabetIn this lesson you’ll learn the French alphabet (l’alphabet français). Actually, you’ll find that it’s quite easy as almost all the letters are the same as English and easy to pronounce. You’ll find that being able to spell words is very useful for learning new vocabulary and spelling your name.

Please pay close attention to the “R” as it’s difficult to pronounce. Also, please note the differences between the letters “G” and “J” as they can cause a lot of confusion for English speakers as their pronunciation is the opposite in French. This is an audio lesson. Click on any letter and listen to the pronunciation. On the following pages you’ll find explanations of the French accents and get the chance to practice spelling several common French fist names aloud.

A ah B Bay C Say
D Day E Euh F Ehf
G Zheh H Ahsh I yee
J Zhee K Kah L Ell
M Ehm N Ehn O Oh
P Peh Q Koo R Ehr
S Ehs T Tay U Euw
V Vay W Doo-blah-vay X eeks
Y Ee-grehk Z Zayd

Pronunciation exercise

Exercise – Spelling

We’ll ask each other how to spell a list of words. Being able to understand the spelling of words is very important for communicating names, physical addresses and email addresses. Example:
A: Est-ce que tu peux épeler FROMAGE (cheese) s’il te plaît? Can you spell FROMAGE please?
B: Oui. Je peux épeler FROMAGE: F-R-O-M-A-G-E.

France
Edward
Je ne sais pas (I don’t know)
Guinée
l’Afrique
Mississippi
Pourquoi (why?)
Parce que (because)
quand (when)
Montréal
Chez moi (at my place)
Zhang Ziyi
Marseille
Strasbourg
Aller (to go)
Les États-Unis (United States)
Parler (to speak)
Toulouse
Vingt
Yves Montand
Noël (Christmas)
Mardi Gras
Édith Piaf
Charles de Gaulle
Zébra
Manger (to eat)
Apprendre (to learn)
l’huile essentielle (essential oil)

More Resources: French Alphabet Song
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