Which Accent Is Missing from These French Words?

By: Annette
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About This Quiz

Speaking with a French accent is chic. But using French accents correctly in spelling is even more chic! Can you use them all correctly?

One thing that the English language does not have in common with French is that there are numerous symbols that go above and below French words. These are known as French accents, of course! There are five different kinds of French accents. Four of these go over vowels, while one of them goes under consonants. Let's explore this a bit further.

To begin, there is the cédille. It looks like this: Ç. Pretty cool, huh? Why doesn't English have a letter that is that graceful? Next we have the accent aigu, é. You'll notice that this accent points forward and only goes over the letter E. Then there's the accent circonflexe, and it goes over a number of vowels, like this: â, ê, î, ô, û. Now we move our attention to the accent grave. It points backwards, like this: à, è, ù. Last, but not least, we have the weird alien accent known as the accent tréma, and it looks like this: ë, ï, ü.

We bet you're thinking that we just gave everything away, but the fun is truly about to begin. We're going to give you the naked word (ooh la la) and you're going to tell us what accent is missing. There is no need to répondez s'il vous plaît to take this quiz!

Le calecon

Le caleçon uses the French cédille. The word means underwear! Ooh la la.

Le canape

Le canapé in French means "the sofa." It uses the accent aigu, which only appears over the letter E.

Chateau

We all want to visit le vieux château. It means "the old castle" and it employs the accent circonflexe.

Ou

Où quite simply means "where." As you can see, it employs the accent grave.

Les garcons

Les garçons means "the boys" in French. It also uses the cédille.

Le cafe

Here we have the popular French word, le café. This is the word for coffee, and it uses the accent aigu.

Une fete

Une fête is a party, gathering or feast. It uses the accent circonflexe.

Voila

Voilà! This is a very famous French expression that means "there you go!" It uses the accent grave.

Noel

Noël means Christmas, of course! It uses the remarkable accent tréma.

Recu

Reçu is the French word for receipt. You notice that the cédille is employed here.

Souffle

Soufflé is a fine French dish, which uses the accent aigu in its name. The word means "breath."

Le diner

Le dîner is the evening meal. It also uses the accent circonflexe.

L'aieul

L'aïeul is the word for "ancestor." This is a good example of the accent tréma.

How do you pronounce é?

The accented é is pronounced as ay. This is the accent aigu.

Ete

The French word for summer is été. It uses a double accent aigu.

Mere

The French word for mother is mère. It uses the accent grave.

L'hotel

L'hôtel is the word for "hotel." It uses the accent circonflexe.

How many vowels can use the grave accent?

Only three French vowels can use the grave accent. These are à, è and ù.

Ca dure

Ça dure... This little phrase means "It lasts." For instance, true love in Paris. Ça dure...

Bien sur

Bien sûr means "of course." So, of course it uses the accent circonflexe.

How do you pronounce è?

The accent è is pronounced as "eh." Remember, this is the accent grave.

Une espece

Une espèce is the French word for type, or species. It employees the accent grave.

Medecin

The French word for doctor is médecin. It is pronounced may-deh-sehn.

Francaise

The word that means the French language is Français. It uses the cedilla or cédille accent

Foret

The French word for forest is forêt. It uses the circonflexe accent.

Etouffer

The French word for stifle is étouffer. It employees the accent aigu.

Une levre

Une lèvre is the French word for "lip." It also uses the accent grave.

Hola

The word holà means "whoa there!" That's the only thing the French and Spanish have in common.

Deja

The word déjà uses both the accent grave and aigu. It's the French word for "already."

Une piece

The word for room is une pièce. It can also mean a coin or play.

Marche

The French word for market is marché. It uses the accent aigu.

Tres

We all know that everything French is très chic. It means "very" and it uses the accent grave.

Deuxieme

The word for second, or second place, is deuxième. It uses the accent grave.

Jamaique

The French word for Jamaica is Jamaïque. It uses the tréma accent.

Coincidence

The French word for coincidence is coïncidence. It is pronounced ko-ehn-see-dahns.

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