French Pronunciation Exercises MP3s and PDFs

Why can’t intelligent adults learn French pronunciation? Because no one is providing them with French pronunciation exercises (until me, until now.)

The mistake that most French teachers make is thinking that if they explain French pronunciation to you, you should be able to remember it. That’s like me explaining to you how to play the trumpet or dribble a basketball.

What you need is exercises so you can practice on your own.

So I started producing these French pronunciation exercise PDFs and MP3s and sending them to my students so that they could practice their French pronunciation in between our weekly tutoring sessions.

I hope you enjoy them and I hope you give me a call when you are ready for private pronunciation lessons! -David Tolman

Note: if you are more advanced, you may prefer the French pronunciation tutorials here.

Beginning French pronunciation lessons MP3s and PDFs

The French é sound

é (acute accent) compared to e (no accent)

The French U sound

The French OU sound

U compared to OU

The “ER” and “èRE” sounds

Now that you have worked a bit with “-er” at the end of words, you are ready for an exercise that will help you switch between “er” and “ère”

e vs ère


The “eU” sound

This throws a lot of students but it’s not that hard once your teacher helps you run through it a few times.

Practice the “eu” sound

Once you know that “eu” sound (above) and have reviewed the “u” sound, you’ll be ready to practice switching between “eu” and “u.”

Practice switching between the “eu” and the “u”

Now things are starting to get harder…

This exercise helps you learn to switch between “eu,” “eur,” “ure,” and “or”

(To make sure you really getting the “eur” and the “ure” right, you might need someone to listen to you as you do the above exercise. Can you get your hand on a native speaker?)

EN, IN, AIN, etc…

“en” at the beginning of words

“in” at the beginning of words

Learn to alternate between “en” and “in” (not so easy!!)

“ain” and “aim” at the end of words

Put it all together now: practice alternating between “in,” “ine,” “ain,” and “aine.”

French consonant sounds

The S sound (careful: sometimes it is pronounced like a Z)

The French G sound