” in French is a high-pitch and sharp sound. To pronounce an /i/
correctly, you have to stretch your body: your tongue is far in front of your mouth, your lips are stretched. You have to smile “from ear to ear”, keep your mouth almost closed.
The sound [i]
can be spelled:
- i: c’est ici, la famille, habitent, Louisa
- y: le lycée, le pays (exception)
The sound /ɛ/
”) is more loose than the /i/
. Your mouth and body are relaxed. Your tongue stays forward. You have to smile, but with an open mouth.
The sound [ɛ]
can be written:
- è: le père, mon frère
- ê: être en Suisse, peut-être
- ei: elle est enseignante, treize
- ai: sur la chaise
- e: je m’appelle, sept (when the letter "e” is followed by two consonants.)