British Council phonemic chart

This is the British Council phonemic chart. Hear the sounds of English by clicking on the symbols below. Click on the top right hand corner of each symbol to hear sample words including the sounds.

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About the chart
  • Pure vowels are arranged the same way as in the IPA chart: according to mouth shape (left to right, lips wide / round - top to bottom, jaw closed / open). 
  • Diphthongs are grouped in rows according to their second sound. 

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