Saturday, May 16, 2020
How Is the Letter A Pronounced in French
The letter A is as common in the French language as it is in English. You will often use this letter alone, or with an accent grave, or in a number of combinations alongside other letters. Each instance has a slightly different pronunciation and this French lesson will help you learn each. How to Pronounce the French Letter A The pronunciation of the letter A in French is fairly straightforward. It is usually pronounced more or less like the A in father, but with the lips wider in French than in English: listen. An AÃ with the accent graveÃ Ã Ã is pronounced the same way. The AÃ is sometimes pronounced further back in the mouth and with the lips more rounded than for the A sound described above: listen. This sound is becoming obsolete, but technically should be pronounced when the letter A: is followed by a Z sound as inÃ base andÃ gazis followed by a silent SÃ as inÃ bas andÃ cas, with theÃ exception ofÃ brasincludes the accent circonflexe Ãâ as in pÃ ¢tes andÃ Ã ¢ne French Words With A Now that you know how to pronounce the various As in French, its time to practice. Click on each of these words to hear the pronunciation and repeat it as often as you need to. Notice the difference between the sound when its used in the various contexts weve discussed. quatreÃ (four)amiÃ (friend)agrÃ ©ableÃ (nice)tabacÃ (tobacco shop)soulagerÃ (to relieve)pÃ ¢tesÃ (pasta)basÃ (low)brasÃ (arm) Letter Combinations With A The letter A is also used in combination with other vowels and consonants to produce specific sounds in French. Its much like how the A in apple is different than the A inÃ taught in English. To continue your French pronunciation lessons, explore these A combinations: AI / AIS: Pronounced like the FrenchÃ ÃË.AIL: PronouncedÃ [ahy], similar to the EnglishÃ eye.AN: Pronounced [ah(n)], theÃ ahÃ sounds likeÃ Ã Ã and the n has a nasal sound. As inÃ tanteÃ (aunt).AU: Pronounced like a closed O in a similar manner to eau.EAU: Pronounced like au with a closed O.