How to Pronounce Cannes

If you’re heading to the French Riviera for the Cannes Film Festival, you’ll want to make sure you know how to pronounce the city’s name correctly. Here’s a quick guide on how to say “Cannes” like a native.

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Cannes (/ˈkæn, ˈkɑːn/; French: [kan], Occitan: [ˈkaŋɔ]) is a city located on the French Riviera. It is a commune located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, and host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival, Midem, and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The city is known for its association with the rich and famous, its luxury hotels and restaurants, and for several conferences. On 3 November 2011 it played host to the G20 organisation of industrialised nations.

The French Pronunciation

The French pronunciation of “Cannes” is very similar to the English pronunciation of the word “cans.” The main difference is that the French accent the last syllable, so it sounds more like “cahns” than “cans.”

The American Pronunciation

The American pronunciation is /ˈkæn/ (rhymes with “man”),[1][2] while the British pronunciation is /ˈkɑːn/.


To conclude, knowing how to pronounce Cannes is not as difficult as it may seem at first. There are a few techniques that you can use to help you get the hang of it quickly. With a little practice, you should be able to say this French city’s name like a native in no time.