This is the British Council phonemic chart. Help your students 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.

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.

Try some pronunciation activities

Sounds Right iPad app
If you have an iPad, you can download and install a free copy of the British Council phonemic chart on it. Find out more on LearnEnglish.

Download the chart
You can download this chart to use on your PC - you'll need Adobe Flash Player to use it.

Copyright information: © British Council. This pronunciation chart is free for you to use and share for educational purposes. The chart should in no way be used or circulated for financial gain.




Hi Christine,
At the moment the download options are those listed above. We may have other options available in the future so keep watching this space!

Hello there,

I would like to create something quite similar in my language(Greek); does anyone knows how to build this?

It is very useful, I personally like to practice my pronunciation with this type of charts, learning the little differences between the same letter on different words is very useful. This chart let me improve my knowledge and practice my pronunciation as a teacher and also as a student.

it is very much usefull to me thank you so much

On the phonemic chart, I notice that there is one diphthong short.
Is there a reason for that?

I've just joined and I note that the chart is available for download to PC but I'm not seeing one for the MAC operating system? Is there one or plans for its development in the near future? I've already download the app. Great going!!

Many thanks!

Hi Bunnie

I've passed this on to the team and hopefully will have a response in the near future.




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