How to Pronounce "ui" in French

i_159Certain sounds are difficult to pronounce in French. The vowel combination "ui" can be a tricky one for English speakers.

To pronounce "ui", you should pucker your mouth like you’re going to say "u" but quickly say "we" instead.

Monique from France has recorded some words with the "ui" combination for us. You can listen to the recording below and follow along with the list. Try repeating the words after her…i_149a

MP3 of the French Sound "ui"

List of "ui" Words in the Recording with their English meaning.

puis (then)

un puits (a well)

depuis (since)

du buis (boxwood)

un buisson (a bush)

je suis (I am)

la suie (soot)

essuyer (to wipe)

une tuile (a roof tile)

gratuit (free of charge)

aujourd’hui (today)

conduire (to drive, to lead)

la nuit (night)

minuit (midnight)

juillet (July)

"chuis" (informal pronunciation of "je suis")

lui (him)

luisant (shiny)

de l’huile (oil)

cuire (to cook)

la cuisse (thigh)

une cuillère (a spoon)

la cuisine (kitchen, cuisine)

une aiguille (a needle)

un ruisseau (a brook, a stream)

la ruine (ruin).

la pluie (rain)

du bruit (noise)

bruyant (noisy)

la bruyère (heather)

une truie (a sow)

une truite (a trout)

un druide (a druid)

du gruyère (Gruyere cheese)

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for recording these words for us! Monique works with me on the French and Spanish versions of Mama Lisa’s World.

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