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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.

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.


Hi there,

Checked that the diphthong ʊə is not showing on the chart on this page, but actually you can see it when you download the Sounds Right app on the ipad.

Thank you for your message, and we hope you continue to enjoy learning through our apps! 

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Mobile team

Isn't it available for android?

Hi there,

Unfortunately, the app isn't available for Android devices right now.  You can still access the phonemic chart on your mobile through by visiting the phonemic 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


I've just downloaded the "Sounds Right" app to my iPad. However, there's no sound when I tap each word on the table! Please advise me what to do to make things happen!

Hi there,

We're sorry to hear that you're having problems with the Sounds Right app.  We've just tested the app on our devices as well but it's working fine and we can hear all the sounds.  Could you get in touch with us directly by pressing the Help button in the app?  We'd like to know what version of the app you are using, what device you are on (iPad1, 2 or mini etc) and what OS you're on as well.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Mobile team

verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry good

This is an excellent app for those who wants to speak with a proper british accent. The bad new is that is only available in the apple store. When do you think it is going to be available for android platform? Best regards.

 LearnEnglish Team
Could this sound chart help us to pronounce a word that we haven't learn before ? Honestly, I haven't seen this sound chart before. The way I learn a word is by memorizing the sound or by listening from other speakers and memorize it. Does this way learning is correct?   If I memorize all the sounds here , would it be easier for me for pronounce a word that I haven't seen before . 
I appreciate your comments for this issue. 

Hi jaydenlee,
It's great to learn how to pronounce words by listening to other speakers and memorizing the pronunciation, but many dictionaries, textbooks and teachers use this kind of sound chart as another technique.
The sound chart can be useful when you find a transcription of new words. For example, if you see a word in a dictionary, knowing the chart will help you understand how to read the transcription there.
I would recommend that you experiment and then you can follow the method or methods that work best for you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I am trying to practice even if i feel myself not pronouncing well, I don't know what is the best way to say it write always i have difficulty with pronouncing (look, lock ,book, good) also other words too, I hope to say it write