Pronunciation of

Champs-Elysées

How to pronounce Champs-Elysées
Avenue des Champs-Élysées is an avenue in Paris known for its length of nearly 2 kilometres and because it is the location of the Arc de Triomphe. Champs-Élysées is also known for its luxury shops, cafés and the Bastille Day parade.
For non-native French speakers, Champs-Élysées is particularly challenging to pronounce because it contains many sounds that are foreign to English and many of those sounds seem abbreviated compared to how it is written.
In French, the correct pronunciation of Champs-Élysées is Shohnz-Eh-lee-zeh.
The "Ch" in Champs is pronounced as "Sh" in English. The second part of Champs, -amps, is pronounced with a shortened and nasal sound that doesn't sound like the letters "m" and "p". Instead, a nasal "n" is pronounced that sounds like an abbreviated "n". The "n" is quite similar to the humming sound made when you say "mmm" and you feel your nose vibrating. In the meantime, the "p" is essentially silent. The "s" at the end of Champs is pronounced as a "z" like the beginning of the word "zebra" and its pronunciation connects to the beginning of Élysées.
The "É" in Élysées can be challenging for English speakers, but is similar to the "e" in the word "bed". The successive "ly" is pronounced like the name "Lee", but with a shorter "e" sound. The last syllable in Élysées is often pronounced as -zay by English speakers, but it is incorrect. The -sées contains a silent "es" at the end of the word, so the final sound you pronounce is the "sé", but it is pronounced as -zeh and not as -zay. The final "é" is once again pronounced like the "e" in "bed".
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