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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 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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  • Hi Prof. Harper,

    We don't have an American version at the moment but this is something that we'd like to have in the future. We are currently looking at the best way of doing this and will let you know as soon as we have an update. The Sounds app is the most up-to-date version.

    Thanks to everyone for your helpful comments.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • I attended the Macmillan Scholars Congress in Mexico City in February. I was given a phonemic chart with American English on one side and British English on the other side. The interactive chart on this website is British English. Is an interative chart also available with American English? I personally have the Sounds App on my iPad, however not all of the teachers in my school have an iPad.

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