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,Yes, Photransedit is great.... but I've found a slight discrepancy:Example: noiseIt's /ˌnɔɪz / in American translation, but /noiz/ in RP/British.It's the same for all uses of ˌ/ɔɪ/, offline and online. Something strange with 'Rhymes' too...I've emailed them about this.Phil

Thanks Chiew and Phil for your links, and Lukie and Emad - glad you've found it useful!

This is the the first time I am using this web , and I think we can profit a lot. Starting from the pronunciation, it is a very good choice for the beginners, since they have to listen to the correct sound of the letters.Congratulations, and work hard everybody !

This wonderful chart help us and help Ss to build much more than our growing in English

What a pity! I don't have ipad to download and install. This chart is much useful in some special classes. And I can't access in these classrooms. I have Nokia E63. Can I be helped?

Hi txnghiaI'm afraid we don't have anything like this for your phone right now... we are trying to make our content more accessible from different platforms though, so please watch this site and our LearnEnglish site for news and updates.Rob

I have a pronunciation application for my iPhone, called "iPron". It's very good.

I don't know if there's one for the Nokia.

Their website is

Also, have now updated their application.



Hi everyoneThanks again for your contribution to the discussion here. We've just relaunched the chart with the /ʊə/ sound which was previously missing. This is available as an iPad app and will also be updated here soon.Rob


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