French Accenterator - How to Sound French

American English to French Accent Translator

Transliterating words to help you sound French

Enter a phrase in the Phrase field, and then click the button to change it from English to French. Note: the result is not actually French; rather, it is written so that if an American reads it, it will sound like Inspector Clouseau.


Pronunciation Guide

  • OH : Say "O". That's all, just a normal long O.
  • AE : Say "have". Now say it without the V. Sounds like "hae". So "ae" in the text is the vowel sounds only of that.
  • EOW : Say "meow". Now say it without the M. Now say it fast - try to make it one sound instead of two.
  • IIE : Say "yet". Now say it without the T. Now emphasize the Y over the E. That's the sound. Like "ee-eh", but one syllable.
  • UY : Say "guy". Now say it without the G. That was easy. Don't let its being combined with other vowels confuse you.
  • IGH : Say "I" or "eye". That's all - just the vowel part of "right" or "nigh".
  • ' : (that's an apostrophe, where one wouldn't normally be.) Say "uh-oh". The stop sound between UH and OH is what is meant by the apostrophe. But this does not apply to normal uses of the apostrophe. For the translated text, make this stop sound when the apostrophe appears after a vowel or a soft consonant (such as W or H). If it's not working, think of it as the first half of the sound of the letter T.
The key to pronouncing the words that the French Translator produces is to blend the vowel sounds smoothly. Try saying them more quickly if it's not sounding right.