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
- Telephone number pronunciation
- What's the pronunciation?
- Pronunciation of past simple verbs
- Phonemic symbols to download
- Using the phonemic chart for autonomous learning
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
The best way is to have the phonemic chart as a poster in the office and the classroom for continuous revision.
I wonder why we do not have an /ʊə/ in this chart?
Hi and you'll find it in the App linked to the course: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.britishcouncil.phonemicchart&hl=en_GB&gl=US
Are you able to access that?
Hi and help please
I have download the app and I don’t see the
/ɛ/ sound as in
Can you help me please. And with urgency please as i am teaching to my students and wouldn’t like to make mistakes.
Thank you very much in advance
If you are referring to the vowel sound in "Bread" and "head" then it appears in the chart as /e/. You can find it in the vowel section under /i:/
Hope that helps!
Hello, it is true, in the downloadable image it is not updated with the diphthong "ʊə". Please update it. Thank you in advance for all the effort you have put in.
The app was finished in 2020. What are the option to open the file? FLASH PLAYER
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.
Hi, is the chart still unavailable for MAC OS users?
The chart is currently only available as an EXE file
Apologies for the inconvenience,
I couldn't download the chart
You're absolutely right. It's a burden for both teachers and learners😓