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How to Pronounce Common French Words

How to Pronounce These 7 Common French Words


In celebration of Bastille Day, the French National Day, let's take a look at some French words we commonly use in our daily vocabulary. It's quite easy to mispronounce and say it as how it looks like on paper, because not everyone is fluent in French. Here are some of the more common French words and the correct ways to pronounce them:

Baguette: This long, barrow French bread is pronounced "ba-get."

C'est la vie: This is a phrase which means "such is life" and is used to downplay a disappointment. You pronounce it as "say-la-vee."

Faux pas: A faux pas is a mistake in etiquette or conduct. It is pronounced "foe-pah."

Chic: Chic is a word we often use in English to describe something stylish, and it's pronounced "sheek" not "chick."

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Haute couture: Haute couture is basically high fashion. You pronounce it as "oat-koo-tuur."

Avant-garde: Avant-garde is a term often used to describe something unorthodox or experimental. It's used a lot as a description in the fashion industry. You should pronounce it "ah-von-gahd."

Eau de toilette: You'll see this phrase on most perfumes, or "eau de parfum" for stronger fragrances. You should pronounce it as "oh-do-toy-let."

Cache: Cache means a hiding place or anything that's being hidden. Since it doesn't end with an accented "e," you should pronounce this word as "kash," not "kashay."

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