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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.

Comments

it is very good!

There is any app for androids.please tell me.

Harmeet, thank you for the Android app! And hundreds of millions of English learners in China will thank you also if you make the .apk install files available here rather than only via Google Play which is not installed on Android devises in the PRC and is blocked by the Great Firewall.

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,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

it is so good. thanks a lot

Very good app regarding pronunciation.

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,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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