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Phonemic symbols

Help your own and your students' pronunciation with our pronunciation downloads. There are 44 A4 size classroom posters of phonemic symbols with examples to download. The posters are in Portable Document Format (pdf) and have been attached in a zipped folder.

Long vowel sounds - file size 10k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.

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Vowel sounds - file size 8k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.

Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme

Diphthongs - file size 8k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.

Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme

Consonants - Unvoiced and voiced pairs 1 - file size 8k pdf.
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Unvoiced Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme
Voiced Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme

Consonants - Unvoiced and voiced pairs 2 - file size 8k pdf.
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Unvoiced Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme
Voiced Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme

Other consonants - file size 8k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.

Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme Phoneme


These phonemes are part of the phonetic chart that is used to describe the sounds of many languages. They have been established by the International Phonetic Association (IPA). For more information about the IPA and their work visit:- http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/IPA/ipa.html

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eduardoz's picture
eduardoz

Hi my name is Eduardo, and I love this webpage, but I have a question that it´s very important to me--You say phonemic symbols or phonetic symbols? or both are ok?  as students of English here in Chile, we are really confused with this matter.Thank you very much.and I hope your answer.

Sally Trowbridge's picture
Sally Trowbridge
TE Team

Hi EduardoThat's a good question! The Longman dictionary of language teaching and applied linguistics uses the terms 'phonetic symbols' and talks about 'the phonemic system of a language'.According to The Longman dictionary of language teaching and applied linguistics 'phonemic notation uses only the distinctive sounds of a language (phonemes). It does not show the finer points of pronunciation. It is written with slanting brackets //.' Whereas 'phonetic notation is written in square brackets []'.I hope that helps!Sally

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Sally Trowbridge
TE Team

Hi CynCould you tell us what NLA stands for so that we can help with a definition?ThanksSally

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cyn sotelo

YES... It´s about phonetics...  (NLA means LATERAL, NASAL AND APPROX. CONSONANTS).here in Argentina mu phonetics teacher said that it´s a rule where a sound is omited when thre comes a nasal lateral or approximant consonant.. OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT

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Sally Trowbridge
TE Team

Hi CynA lateral is 'a speech sound (a consonant) which is produced by partially blocking the airstream from the lungs, usually by the tongue, but letting it escape at one or both sides of the blockage. For example, in English the /l/ in light is a lateral.'From the Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics.I hope that helps!

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