How to Pronounce The French Letters EU

how to pronounce french letters eu
With many French words made from the combinations of the letters E and U, it's very useful to learn how to pronounce the letters EU in French. We'll explain the two sounds of EU in this post.
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A large number of words in French are made from combinations of letters such as the letters EU which is made from the combination of the letter E and the letter U. Learning how to pronounce the French letters EU and its different pronunciations can be tricky for many persons learning French.

Closed EU /ø/ vs. Opened EU /œ/

Pronunciation of the closed EU vowel

Pronunciation of the Opened EU vowel


  • neuf: nine
  • seul: alone
  • heure: butter
  • ils peuvent: they can


  • œuf: egg
  • cœur: heart
  • œuvre: work


  • oeil: eyes
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Pronunciation of EU in French (a video)

Watch the following video in which I explain the different pronunciations of the letters EU. Listen and learn the right pronunciation of many words that contain EU in French. 

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Take the pronunciation quiz

Try the following pronunciation quiz to test your knowledge of French pronunciation of the letter EU. In the test, you’ll see a number of French words that contain the letters EU, you’ll have to pick whether the letter EU is an opened vowel (/œ/) or a closed vowel (/œ/).

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