LearnEnglish Sounds Right

LearnEnglish Sounds Right is the British Council’s free pronunciation chart for learners and teachers of English worldwide.

Learners of English

Do you have difficulty with the sounds and pronunciation of the English language, or with understanding the symbols of the phonemic alphabet? With LearnEnglish Sounds Right on your phone or tablet you can practise anywhere and anytime. Just tap a sound and you will hear it. Tap the downward arrow sign and listen to three example words with that sound.

Teachers of English

Do you use phonemic script in class to help your students with their pronunciation? With LearnEnglish Sounds Right installed on your class set of devices, or your students’ own devices, you can teach the individual sounds and symbols easily.

  • The 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).
  • The diphthongs are grouped in rows according to their second sound.
  • The consonants are arranged from left (front of mouth) to right (back of mouth). The top two rows of consonants are paired (top row – unvoiced, second row – voiced). When you tap a plosive consonant, the schwa (ə) appears. This is because the plosives were recorded with a schwa for clarity.

We hope you enjoy using this chart! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Submitted by mkelly42 on Tue, 31/10/2023 - 01:17


My phone is telling me that the 'app is made for an older device', do you have an updated version?

Hi mkelly42,

Thanks for getting in touch. This app is currently only supported on devices using Android 11 and below.

Devices running Android 12 and 13 are not able to run this app at the moment.

Apologies for the inconvenience, and we'll let you know if/when we update it to support those recent Android versions.

All the best!
On behalf of the LearnEnglish Mobile team

Submitted by darya.1387 on Mon, 28/08/2023 - 21:10


oh thats so useful tnx for sharing it with us...we are really appreciate that🙏

Submitted by nhien249 on Wed, 21/06/2023 - 08:52


I like the app a lot. Should I recommend this app to my primary students, age 9?

Hello nhien249,

It wasn't designed for primary age students and I doubt I'd use it with that age, but I suppose you could try it.

If it works well, we'd certainly be curious to hear about it.

All the best,
LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Lumonik on Sun, 28/05/2023 - 20:00


This App is so good, sound and how use with words

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Submitted by Ahmed Imam on Tue, 16/04/2019 - 23:11

Hello. Are all these expressions the same? How can I use them well? It looks good. It sounds good. It feels good. It seems good. It appears good. Can I say "The hotel has a nice view. It sounds lovely."? Thank you.
Hello Ahmed Imam, We'll be happy to answer your question but please first post it on a relevant page rather than an Apps page. This page is relevant, for example: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/english-grammar/adjectives Posting questions on relevant pages helps other users to find useful information. ~ Peter The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by NancyJoH on Tue, 18/12/2018 - 02:45

I am an English teacher in China and I'm looking for a good app for my students to use for pronunciation practice. I like what I see here and I want to recommend your app to my students. However, they cannot access Google Play here. Is there another way for the android users in my class to download this app?