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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.


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

Great app. Thanks.

Could you please shown how the mouth and tongue movement when pronoun the phonetic.

Can we have this app for android ph?? Plzzz

Hi there,

Unfortunately, the app is only available for iPad and iPad mini right now. You can access the phonemic chart on your Android device by visiting the chart on the Teaching English website:

You will need to use the Firefox app and make sure you have the Adobe Air app installed (

Hope this helps! We hope you continue to enjoy using the LearnEnglish apps!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Mobile team

Very good app however, no responds have been made to answer LittleMoon86's question about the diphthong /ʊə/ ... Believe that it was missed out to be included in the chart and you will be adding it to as soon as possible in an update to the app.

You're the best, thanks!

Hi Jobzy,

Thanks for leaving us a comment! That's right, the diphthong /ʊə/ is not on the interactive chart on this page at the moment, but if you will see it if you download the Sounds Right app.

I'll pass on your feedback to the team about adding this diphthong on the chart.

Do check out our other smartphone and tablet app as well:

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Mobile Team



Can we've this App for iPhone also?,

Hi there,

Thank you for your interest in the Sounds Right app! Unfortunately the app is only available for iPad and iPad mini right now, but I'll pass your feedback on to our development team.

Your feedback is very valuable to us, and will help us to improve our apps. We hope you continue to enjoy learning through our apps!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Mobile team

hello . Thanks so much for that App . could i ask please where is the diphthong /ʊə/ which is used in words like tour , pure , cure ?. Thanks i have founded it in BBC site.