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French Alphabet

French Alphabet

Knowing the French alphabet is an essential first step in learning French. Click on any of the letters on this page and listen.

French Alphabet (A-Z) With Pronunciation

French Alphabet pronunciation

Listen to the complete alphabet:

Use the following table to listen to the pronunciation of individual letters
(table works best in landscape).

LetterSymboleSounds
A[a]
B[be]
C[se]
D[de]
E[ə]
F[ɛf]
G[ʒe]
H[aʃ]
I[i]
J[ʒi]
K[kɑ]
L[ɛl]
M[ɛm]
N[ɛn]
O[o]
P[pe]
Q[ky]
R[ɛʀ]]
S[ɛs]
T[te]
U[y]
V[ve]
W[dubləve]
X[iks]
Y[igʀɛk]
Z[zɛd]

Difficult words

Here is a list of some of the hardest French words to pronounce and how to spell them.

Un écureuil – squirrel

E-C-U-R-E-U-I-L

Une quincaillerie – hardware store

Q-U-I-N-C-A-I-L-L-E-R-I-E

Un yaourt – yogurt

Y-A-O-U-R-T

Trois – three

T-R-O-I-S

Une serrurerie – locksmithing

S-E-R-R-U-R-E-R-I-E

Reims – city in the region of La Marne

R-E-I-M-S

Une heure – hour

H-E-U-R-E

Une fourrure – fur

F-O-U-R-R-U-R-E

Caoutchouc – rubber

C-A-O-U-T-C-H-O-U-C

Common names

Now that you’ve gone through the entire French alphabet , here are the spellings for some common girl and boy names in the United States and in France.

English Girl Names in French

Olivia
O-L-I-V-I-A

Emma
E-M-M-A

Charlotte
C-H-A-R-L-O-T-T-E

Amelia
A-M-E-L-I-A

Ava
A-V-A

English Boy Names in French

James
J-A-M-E-S

Robert
R-O-B-E-R-T

John
J-O-H-N

David
D-A-V-I-D

Popular French Girl Names and Spelling

Jade
J-A-D-E

Louise
L-O-U-I-S-E

Laura
L-A-U-R-A

Alice
A-L-I-C-E

Ambre
A-M-B-R-E

Popular French Boy Names and Spelling

Léo
L-E-O

Gabriel
G-A-B-R-I-E-L

Raphaël
R-A-P-H-A-Ë-L

Louis
L-O-U-I-S

Jules
J-U-L-E-S

Now give it a try with your own name! You’ll be spelling like the French in no time.

Video lesson

Video Source: @learnfrenchwithnaathiya

Conclusion

Congratulations! You now know the French alphabet! Now check out our posts covering the French reading rules (including nasal sounds) and French accent marks. We also suggest Frenchtoday.com’s Secrets Of French Pronunciation course.

French alphabet letters
Letters of the French alphabet

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