The French alphabet is a romance language that is descended from Latin.
The French alphabet contains the same 26 letters of the English Alphabet but with slightly different pronunciations.
French Alphabet is considered to be one of the most beautiful
The French alphabet has five diacritical accent Marks, four for vowels, and just one for consonants. It is very important to put accents in their proper places. A incorrect or missing accent mark is a spelling mistake just as an incorrect or missing letter would be. The only exception to this is capital letters, which are often left unaccented
French Accents Marks
The Acute Accent ( L’accent aigu ´) can only be on an E that appears at the beginning of a word, it often indicates that an S used to follow that vowel.
The Grave Accent ( L’accent grave `) can be found on an A, E, or U. On the A and U, it usually serves to distinguish between words that would otherwise be homographs.
The Circumflex ( Le circonflexe ˆ) usually indicates that an S used to follow that vowel. It also serves to distinguish between homographs.
The Dieresis ( Le tréma ¨) can be on an E, I, or U. It is used when two vowels are next to each other and both must be pronounced.
The Cedilla ( La cédille ¸) is found only on the letter C. It changes a hard C sound (like K) into a soft C sound (like S), e.g., garçon. The cedilla is never placed in front of E or I, because C always sounds like an S in front of these vowels.
French Accents Examples
To do the French accents marks on non-French keyboard. Alt code can be used. Alt code is when you press then hold down the Alt key on your keyboard then type in numbers on your number pad then release the alt key.
French Alphabet is very important when it comes to learning to write and read the French Language. So make sure to practice pronouncing and writing the French Alphabet whenever you can. As many times as you can.
Interested in further study into French or confused on where to start? I recommend reading our French Beginners Guide