The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents French pronunciations in Wikipedia articles. It is important to note that the IPA symbols used for vowels in the following table and in articles are the symbols conventionally used in French dictionaries, but are actually based on the pronunciation of European French of more than 100 years ago and no longer accurately represent current pronunciation. See the footnotes for more details.
English approximations are in some cases very approximate, and only intended to give a general idea of the pronunciation. See French phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds. In particular, English vowels are often diphtongs, while the French vowels are not.
French has no word-level stress, so stress marks are not used in transcribing French words. See here for explanation.
^In European French, /ɑ/ is normally replaced by /a/.
^In European French, /ɛː/ is normally replaced by /ɛ/. In Quebec French, /ɛː/ is often pronounced [aɛ̯].
^In French, /ə/ is pronounced with some lip rounding [ɵ̞]; for a number of speakers, it is also more front and may even be phonetically identical to the vowel of neuf[nœf]. In European French, [ə] is rounded and fronted, making it phonetically similar to [ø].
^In European French at least, /ɔ/ is partly unrounded, leading it to have somewhat of the quality of nut.
^In European French, /ɑ̃/ is actually pronounced [ɒ̃], with rounding. In Quebec French, /ɑ̃/ is pronounced [ã].
^In European French, /ɛ̃/ is actually pronounced [æ̃]. In Quebec French, /ɛ̃/ is pronounced [ẽ].
^In European French, /œ̃/ is normally replaced by /ɛ̃/, pronounced [æ̃].
^In European French, /ɔ̃/ is actually pronounced [õ].
^Stress falls on the last full syllable of a phrase, except in emphatic speech.