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How to say and pronounce “E-mail” in French

How to say and pronounce “E-mail” in French

Bonjour ! Many times over the years students have asked me, “How do you say e-mail in French?” Today we’re going to answer that question. In short, French terms for e-mail in French are: mail, e-mail and mél. In addition, there is an “officialy” adopted French term which we’ll discover below.

mail, e-mail, mél


E-mail in French: email, mail, mél

E-mail in French

Word origin

Obviously all of these terms for e-mail in French are anglicisms. However, the Académie Française did adopt an offical French term: courriel, which combines courrier (mail) and d’électronique (electronic). The term courriel is more commonly used in Canada.

Example sentences

This first example sentence simply uses “e-mail” directly taken from English.

Je regarde mon e-mail trois fois par jour.

I look at my e-mail three times a day.

In this second example, the English “mail” is slightly modified into a French “mél”, which is commonly used today.

Pourquoi est-ce que tu n’as pas répondu à mon mél ?

Why didn’t you answer my e-mail?

While the French do use adresse email (e-mail address), e-mail, email and mail can also be used.

Je vais vous donner mon mail.

I’m going to give you my e-mail address.


Et voilà ! Now you know how to say e-mail in French. Now check our our lesson covering related terms Wi-Fi (wifi) and télécharcher (to download).

Je vous envoie un e-mail. = I'm sending you an e-mail.
Je vous envoie un e-mail. = I’m sending you an e-mail.

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