The interactive version of the British Council phonemic chart is currently being updated on this website. 

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


You can download a non-interactive image version of the British Council's phonemic chart below.

Sounds Right app

The interactive phonemic chart is available for you to download from the Google Play store for Android devices or the App store for Apple devices. Find out more about the interactive mobile app version of the phonemic chart




Submitted by perezodian on Sat, 01/13/2018 - 08:16


The most useless ever,,, this is not helpful. Many are hypocrite that this is helpful in pronunciation. second language are doing a mimic sounds.. like an infant do. This kind of chart had created for additional burden of usless language sounds. In reality this is USESLESS. If you understand the mimic sounds you know what I mean.

Submitted by MarkAuchincloss on Mon, 07/02/2018 - 08:38


I can't download it as I use a Google Chromebook. Please update software as most students/teachers have access to Chromebook !!

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 07/03/2018 - 14:15

In reply to by MarkAuchincloss


Hello Thanks for your comment - I will pass it on to the technical team. Best wishes, Cath TE Team

Submitted by Sadaf Fatima on Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:23


Hi the gven phonemic chart which i have just quite a good technological invention to learn and teach sounds of English language. However, i will very humbly point out that it is missing one diphthong--combination of "oo" and "schwa" sound as in words "poor" and "dual"...which will also make it a total of 20 vowel phoneme sounds in English language. please add it too...a humble invocation. best regards Sadaf Fatima

Hi there

The chart is currently only available as an EXE file

Apologies for the inconvenience,

TE Team

Submitted by jandira moreira on Mon, 03/28/2022 - 15:12


The app was finished in 2020. What are the option to open the file? FLASH PLAYER

Submitted by Paul Braddock on Fri, 04/08/2022 - 14:01

In reply to by jandira moreira



we no longer have the Flash files available. The best way to access the interactive phonemic chart is to download the Sounds Right App. You can find the link to this on the page.



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