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LearnEnglish Sounds Right

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

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


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.


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.


No sorry dinesh35851, there is no Java version. Just Flash and iPad.
The LearnEnglish Mobile Team

I like to use mobile learning for improve my English
I really appreciate if the app Sounds Right can be use for Android, soon.

Hello Danny,
Sorry that this is not available for android at the moment. However, the flash version of this page should work from an android device if you have the flash player app installed. Thanks!
The LearnEnglish Mobile team

I don't know sites with similiar pronunciation task like this, I like it very much

hello british council,

a word has an ending b followed by ing such as bomb + ing, what happens to the sound b? omitted or not, I mean I have to pronounce bombing or boming. I really need an explanation, please


Actually, the word bomb is not usually pronounced with the /b/ sound at the end, so the addition of 'ing' doesn't make a difference to that.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

hi IM heba from jordan ....

 i like to learn English in this way its much easier .....(.really thx)....:) 


Dear Sir/Madam

Firstly I want to say thank you to every one who is contributing and developing such a extremely  wonderful web site. I have recently known this place ,but I approximately practice with it every night. However,since last night I have not been able to see preparations and Tasks parts! I have heard that It 's because of Adobe's restriction in my country

I am bitterly disappointed,I love to continue enhancing my English with you

I would be grateful if you could suggest something helpful solving this problem

Best Regards,


Dear Masoud,

Thanks for your kind words. We know there have been some problems with the exercises, but they are now fixed for most people, so I'm sorry to hear you are still unable to access the tasks.

I don't think that the problem is connected with restrictions connected to Adobe in your country because:

  • We have a few other users who still have problems and they are in different countries.
  • There is no news that in the last few days there has been any more filtering of Adobe Flash content.
  • If all Flash was blocked you wouldn't be able to see the videos either.

I think the problem is probably something else, but I don't know what! Can you tell me what web browsers you have tried to use this page with?

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


i wanna download sound wright into my PC, but I can't. Please help me