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Montagne – How to say and pronounce mountain in French

Montagne – How to say and pronounce mountain in French

Ever since I was a child I’ve always loved mountains. Hence, today’s word of the day: montagne (mountain). Let’s jump right into the examples!

la montagne


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Word origin & pronunciation

The modern French word montagne comes from mons in Latin. The -gn in French almost sounds like the English word “knee”. Hence, montagne sounds like mon-ta-knee-uh or mon-ta-gne [mɔ̃-ta-ɲ].

Example sentences

Many people make the mistake of pronouncing the final -t and -c on Mont Blanc. Both of these consonants are silent. This lesson our site covers the French reading rules in detail.

Le Mont Blanc est la montagne la plus haute de la France et de l’Europe.

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in France and in Europe.

In French chaîne de montagnes means “mountain range”. The feminine noun chaîne also means chain and channel as in “TV channel”.

Les Pyrénées sont une chaîne de montagnes qui font la frontière entre la France et l’Espagne.

The Pyrenees are a mountain range that make the border between France and Spain.

This last example sentence is autobiographical! I’ve been living at the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Idaho since 2019 (see picture below). This lesson on our site explains how to pronounce les États-Unis (the United States) in detail and this lesson explains how to use depuis (since).

J’habite dans les montagnes rocheuses des États-Unis depuis cinq ans.

I’ve been living in the rocky mountains in the United States for five years.


Et voilà ! Now you know how to use montagne (mountain) in French! Following this lesson, I thought you might also find our lesson covering French geographical prepositions to be helpful!

Famous view of the montagne (mountain) where I love - Grand Teton National Park.
Famous view of the montagne (mountain) where I live – Grand Teton National Park.

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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