The nasal vowels in French
A nasal vowel is a vowel that is followed by a nasal consonant “n” or “m”
There are four nasal vowels in French, which could be sum up in these two little sentences:
- un bon vin blanc (a nice white wine)
- un grand pain rond (a big round bread)
Even though we could list four nasal vowels in the French language, we could actually shorten the list to three. In a lot of places, like in Paris for example, people do not really make the distinction between [œ̃] and [ɛ̃]. We just pronounce it as if both were the same.
Please watch our video below, you will see the different types of spelling for these three sounds: