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.




The phonemic chart was very useful. but personally, i want to download it in the form of mp3 as i did in cambridge dictionary. i download a single word and play it in winamp without conneting to internet. i have tried to download the individulal sound when i play it but my internet downloader cannot catch the sound so i cannot download it as i did in cambridge dictionary. could you give advice how to download it?

Hi thereI'm afraid this chart isn't downloadable right now - I hope it will be more widely accessible in future though.Best wishesRob

What about the 2nd 'L' of LITTLE?

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Greetings from Crete,Teaching in Greece one often encounters a variety of linguistic backgrounds in one classroom (e.g. students who speak Dutch, Albanian, Russian, Chinese, French, German at home, yet are all attending a Greek public school or working in the local hospitality industry).  These students face added challenges in mastering the sounds of English.This type of application is a huge step - the last 15 years I have been relying on my theatrical voice training in order to demonstrate to students how to deliver a "neutral" or unaccented pronunciation, as well as how vowel variations can significantly alter pronunciation regionally.  Though they find this highly entertaining - it would be great for them to have a practice tool they could use on their own as well!Thanks to all for the great links - I intend to check them all out asap!

Thank you for providing a phonemic chart. It is quite useful to teach pronounciation to learners for whom English is L2 and have little exposure to the language. I am using this to teach adolescent learners. It works better than the old chart as this chart contains wordswith regardsSatheesh 

HiI'm afraid this chart isn't downloadable at the moment - I hope this might be possible at some point in the future though.Sally

Sally's right - I've been talking about making it available to download for some time! So, from today you should be able to download the chart - follow the link above.Rob


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