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Pronunciation: The sound and spelling relationship of [i- ɛ]

Écoutez les sons de l'exercice. Cliquez sur les mots qui ne contiennent pas le son [i]. Consultez l'aide.
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Conception: Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 03/09/2013 - Modified on 22/08/2017

Pronunciation / The sound and spelling relationship of [i- ɛ]

« i » as in:
J, X, 6 (six), 10 (dix).
You pronounce the French "i" by putting your tongue slightly more forward. You have to smile, keep your mouth mostly closed, and hold the position for as long as you pronounce the "i". The [i] sound can be spelled like so: i : remplis, Lamartine, bilingue, Bulgarie, depuis y : lycée, pays (an exception)
« è » as in:
F, L, M, N, S, Z, 7 (sept), 13 (treize), 16 (seize)
You pronounce the French "è" by pressing your tongue against the lower incisors. You must also have an open-mouthed smile. The [ɛ] sound can be spelled like so: è : élève ê : être ei : j’enseigne, treize, seize ai : français, pays (an exception) e in a closed syllable: je m’appelle, sept, quel, quelle e followed by a silent consonant that is not "r-d-f-z": les, c’est, tu es, tes In words such as: professeur, profession, erreur

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