Click on each image to download the individual poster or download them all at once in the zipped folder below.
Long vowel sounds - file size 10k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.
Vowel sounds - file size 8k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.
Diphthongs - file size 8k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.
Consonants - Unvoiced and voiced pairs 1 - file size 8k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.
Consonants - Unvoiced and voiced pairs 2 - file size 8k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.
Other consonants - file size 8k pdf. Click on an image to download the poster.
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:
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Phonemic symbols will enhance our pronunciation awareness. The study of pronunciation holds significant importance as it enables us to grasp the proper comprehension and articulation of English.
The phonemic symbols are for crucial for professional learners.
It is a very important lesson especially for teachers to find out the correct pronunciation, and reflect on the learners. It is not necessary to let beginners memorize the phonemic symbols but use it as much as possible. It more important for advanced learners to master this.
This material is interesting to share with my students.
This way will help students to read the transcription in the dictionary easily and to be professional in phonology
This is a great learning aid that will be of benefit to me especially and to those who would like to be professional in pronunciation.
It is really useful.
Thanks for efforts. It really helps.
Thanks a bunch
Thanks British Council for this Symbols..
But is there a way to help us combine all these symbol in only one document.
Thanks for your question. There is a free British Council app called Sounds Right which has an interactive version of the phonemic chart. You can find the information on this page: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/teaching-resources/teaching-secondary/teaching-tools/phonemic-chart
Thank you so much
You'll find lots of activities to help you with your English on our LearnEnglish website: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/
Superb British Council,
You are a real learning partner. We are so much benifitted from your effort.How can we develop spoken fluency in our students?
Hope you are with us.
In our ‘Teaching resources’ section you’ll find lots of lesson plans and activities that include fluency practice.
There are a range of articles on speaking skills in the ‘Articles on speaking’ section.
could you give me a definition of the NLA rule?
Could you tell us what NLA stands for so that we can help with a definition?
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
A 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!
thanks British Council.
Dear sir or madam
I was wondering if there is any choice of downloading the phonetic pronunciation.
You can listen to the sounds of the phonemic chart (and hear sample words including the sounds) here: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/phonemic-chart#comment-17303
I'm afraid you can't download it at the moment.
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.
That'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!