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.

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It is really very helpful to teach the children especially to practice the beginners ot learning the language English! superb!

i have been using the chart for a long time but i always wonder why the round closing diphthong, the one in British 'pure' is missing in the diphthongs chart. the same vowel is used in OALD8 too.

I wonder why the Diphthong is missing from the phonemic chart.I hope the site administrators will restore the diphthong for the benefit of teachers and students and resource persons and teacher trainers like me

Hi there. One more drawback not mentioned in the other comments: it seems that one diphthong is missing (tour). BBC gives 8 and you give 7.

hi my query when we use the script for i sound the shot one, we have two symbols the 'i' and ' ɪ ' both sound the same, but in application on the word,committee /kəˈmɪt.i/ , both the symbols are used, ie after m and t., is there any rule to use specific symbols, other examples why in the word kit- we use /kɪt/, and for pony we use /ˈpəʊ.ni/

hi i have a doubt on the word TREATY- /ˈtriː.ti/, we have a short vowel sound i in the end, but in the chart it is a long vowel i:, why in the symbols ɪ is not used and the script is not /ˈtriː.t ɪ/, please help, thanks

Hi - I can't see the word TREATY displayed in the phonemic chart. Could you tell me where you can see this word?

Is there such an animal? I found a Phonetic transcription tool but it does not give me the characters that I am looking for.

Anyone know of an online tool?



This is most difficult part for me, I understand little of this but hoping to improve it using this resources and the information on this website of teaching English.


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