This is the new British Council phonemic chart. Help your students hear the sounds of English by clicking on the symbols below. Click on the top right hand corner of each symbol to hear sample words including the sounds.
About the chart
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). Diphthongs are grouped in rows according to their second sound.
Try some pronunciation activities
Telephone number pronunciation What's the pronunciation? Pronunciation of past simple verbs Phonemic symbols to download Using the phonemic chart for autonomous learning
Sounds Right iPad app If you have an iPad, you can download and install a free copy of the British Council phonemic chart on it. Find out more on LearnEnglish.