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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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.

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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.




will u please tell me what does it mean by RP as english is a second language for me and i am very fond to learn more and more about english.

Hello everyone.I am at first year of Teaching college, department for English language and literature, and recently I 've learned something about RP, so I hope I can explain you what is that.Received Pronunciation (RP) is one of the types of British English pronunciation, it is used by conservative (old people),  people in general ( people with different social status) and with advanced learners ( students and professors). I've also read that RP pronunciation was related to Queens English ( the native English). greetings from Bosnia and Herzegovina :)

One of the biggest huddles once someone understands the meaning of words is getting the pronounciation right, especially for words that sound the same. This will be a helpful tool for students to play around with! 

Thanks for sharing the typewriter Evridiki!Yes, the missing diphthong you mention was the subject of much debate in our team - to include it or not to include it. Although its use is in decline, you can still hear it in the UK (and elsewhere?). We may well revise this chart next year to include it.I wonder what everybody thinks - would you include the /ʊə/ sound?Rob

To learn phonetic symbols in English is one of the most important parts of English  language.Albanians are so interested to learn how to pronounce good English and I think we like learning English because it is a beautiful language.

Upon going through comments and ideas I have learned a lot.  Here in Bhutan  It has just begun and it's great challenge to the teachers. Thanks to one and allSonam


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