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Sounds Right is the British Council's first pronunciation chart for learners and teachers worldwide. This app is for the iPad.


  • 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.

We hope you enjoy using this chart. Please leave a message below if you have any comments or ideas for future versions.

You can read more about the app and read reviews on the iTunes Preview Page.



Thanks ... Useful ... But, why do the sounds t, w and j have the e sound added?

Hello PaulBurgin,

The sound that is 'added' here is not 'e' but a schwa sound /Ə/. In a sense you are correct - it is added. The problem is that without this, it becomes very hard for learners to hear the sounds. For example, the difference between /p/ and /b/ in isolation is very hard to distinguish, but as /pƏ/ and /bƏ/ it becomes much easier. So the addition of a neutral vowel is really an issue of practicality. The goal of LearnEnglish is to help learners of the language, after all.

Thanks for the question.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Good day! I really like this app! I hope that one day you will have one available for every android and smartphones. I was just wondering if this phonemic chart is new? Because I saw one which has 8 diphthongs, but this one has 7. I strongly suggest that you make a phonemic chart for British and American English which can be used for IPA transcription. It'd be a great help to know the difference between the two. Looking forward to a much better progress! May God bless us all. Thank you so much!

Hello MarcIELTS9.0,

Thank you for your suggestions. The number of dipthongs in English is not a settled question and really depends upon which English (in terms of dialect etc) you are referring to. Our phonemic chart is designed to be widely usable without becoming unwieldy in size. However, if we update the app in the future then we may consider adapting the chart used.

Best wishes and good luck in your learning,



The LearnEnglish Team

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for your reply, Peter. I really appreciate it. English is Philippines' secondary language, and I've been using it since I was a little. But I have to say that learning is a continuous process. So learn as much as you can, right? Because it won't stop in the 4 corners of a classroom.

Furthermore, American English is the one that is more common here compared to British and Australian English, so I have to assert that those three that I mentioned have their own IPAs.

I'm hoping for the best! God speed.

Sincerely yours,

Marc Kevin C. Bautista, RN, IVTN