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Interactive Phonemic Chart

English spelling doesn't reflect English pronunciation. Consequently, the only way to understand English pronunciation is using phonemics. Phonemics uses symbols to represent the sounds of a language.


English can be broken down into 44 individual sounds, or phonemes. These phonemes are represented by 44 different symbols, which can be arranged in an easy to read chart like the one below.


Below each symbol is an example words with the letters that produce the sound underlined. Click on the symbol to hear the sound.

Single vowels (monophthongs)

Double vowels (diphthongs)


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