Does French in France have the "i" sound like in "like" or "fire"?

8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Not really.

    French i sounds like ee.  Long e.  As in free. 

    I can't even imagine how to use French vowels to make that sound. 

    In some other European languages, the combination of ai can make the sound.  But not in French.

  • Pierre
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    We have the sound alright but the letter  "i" is pronounced  "e"  like in spaghetti,

    or pretty etc...

    Source(s): I am French
  • 2 months ago

    But these are not the same sound. "Like" sounds like "ah-ee" spoken very fast, while "fire" is like "eye".

    In Scotland, anyway.

    Yes, French has those sounds, but they're produced in different ways.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes.  French has the "eye" sound.  But there are various spellings.

    Oeil means eye and is pronounced the same. I gotta go - Faut que je m'en AIE

    That was ages ago -  Ca fait un BAILLE

    You gotta take it, whether you like it or not- Faut que tu le prennes que tu le VEILLES ou non.

    That's just a few off the top off my head. 

    Source(s): Je parle courrament le francais
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  • 2 months ago

    In French we have the sound like in the word: Like, however we write it in many ways for make it to be pronounced like you said; Some example:

    _ Aïe ! = Ouch!

    _ Bail = Lease. Or when we say: Ca fait un bail ! / It's been a while!

    _ L'île d'Hawaï = Hawaii Island 

    _ De l'ail = Garlic 

    _ Un rail = Track ( for the train for ex.)

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It may have the sound, but never spells it as a letter "i"

  • 2 months ago


    it always sounds like an "e"

  • 2 months ago

    No.   The "i" sounds like "i" in Confetti 

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