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Interactive phonemic chart: British English

Adrian Underhill's Interactive phonemic chart! This excellent teaching tool can be played full-screen and gives clear audio examples of the English phoneme set.

Note: The chart is flash-based and may take a couple of minutes to appear the first time you visit this page. Please be patient – it's worth the wait! Because this is a flash-based chart it means you may not be able to open this on a mobile device. If this is the case, we recommend you use the chart in our Macmillan Sounds app which you can downoad here.

Click on this link to view the chart in full screen

Click on this link to go to the American English phonemic chart

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  • Hi Hannahd,

    yes that's an unusual sound and very nasal! I think the easiest way for me to explain it in writing is to say it's the sound we make when we're saying 'n' and 'g' together. So for example 'ring', 'singing', 'bring'. There will be many exceptions to this rule of course but I hope that's a helpful start.

    Also, here is a link to Adrian's video about learning the sound. Just copy and paste it directly into your browser.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpqwWk9hUIw&index=36&list=PLbEWGLATRxw_2hL5hY164nvHdTpwhEOXC

    I hope it goes well for you this evening :-)

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  • This is a clear and useful resource. I was planning to use it in a class this evening.

    However, I'm confused by the sound third from left on the bottom row. The letter sound doesn't sound like a consonant to me and then the word example used is unclear and doesn't seem to use the same sound.

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  • Hi there,

    Yes it's true, some of the phonemes do still have the schwa sound added. This is because it's very hard to say the 'l' sound, for example, without adding any extra vowel sound. It would be very difficult to get that across in a recording.

    We've noted your comments down though and when we do the next update to the chart we will bear this in mind.

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  • Very strange chart...As a phonics teacher it is baffling how a site like this can get it wrong in the first place and continue to do so now...The l and r still have the unnecessary schwa added...the y and w is understandable because of their likeness to other sounds...For a teacher that teaches English/phonics to non-natives it is frustrating...especially when it is easy to rectify.

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  • Hi there,
    The example word is 'court'.
    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Oops - I tried to insert the symbol but it came out as 3 question marks. It is the sound for "poor" but I can't make out the word used as the example.

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  • Please can someone tell me what word is used for the example of ???

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  • Hi to all onestopenglish teachers,

    Good news! We've updated the phonemic chart so that the voiceless consonants are no longer followed by the schwa and you are able to choose between playing the sound and the word, or just playing the sound. Additionally, we've added a US version of the chart which you can find here:

    http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/pronunciation/phonemic-chart-and-app/interactive-phonemic-chart-us/

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  • Hi Andy,
    Thank you for your suggestion regarding inserting a button to suppress the word after the phoneme. Whilst we have no immediate plans to update this material, we will add this to our customer feedback database.
    Best wishes
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Oh, please put a button on it that would supress the word after the phoneme.
    I'm trying to do Adrian's sliding sound exercises and the pronounced word is incredibly distracting and stops the smooth transition of the mouth muscles.

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